Oprah & Renee Elise Goldsberry Cover ESSENCE’s April 2017 Issue
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Next month, the story of Henrietta Lacks will hit HBO, revealing the contributions one woman made to history and science, never receiving credit after her death.

The stars of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Oprah Winfrey and Renée Elise Goldsberry, grace our April issue, honoring Lacks and bringing her story to the forefront.

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Winfrey plays Deborah Lacks, the daughter who goes on a quest to find out everything she can about her late mother. And Goldsberry plays Henrietta, the woman whose cells pushed science and medicine to new heights. 

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“I love the opportunity to tell stories that people should know,” Goldsberry tells ESSENCE, “I think it puts what we do as actors on the level of nurses and doctors. It takes us out of this idea of entertainment into an act of service.”

You can read the full story in the April issue of ESSENCE, which hits newsstands Friday, March 24.