7 Times Taraji Inspired Us to Follow Our Dreams

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 07:  Actress Taraji P. Henson attends the 2017 MTV Movie And TV Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on May 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)

7 Times Taraji Inspired Us to Follow Our Dreams

A look at the countless times Taraji P. Henson encouraged us to be great.

Published May 9, 2017

We hail Taraji P. Henson for gifting us the brash, super real character Cookie, but we love Taraji for who she is and what she represents: unwavering grit and talent. Recently, a video from Goalcast resurfaced of the actress giving an incredible, inspiring speech. "If you listen to people, and if you allow people to project their fears onto you, you won’t live," she said. Take a look at all the times Taraji inspired us to get up and go after our dreams.

  1. When She Preached to Us #FortheCulture and for Young Women

    "It became my mission…to dispel that myth so that another young girl would not grow up thinking that her mind was incapable of grasping math and science. If it were not for these women, we wouldn’t be in space."

  2. She Told Us Never to Defer Our Own Dreams
    NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 24:  Taraji P Henson Visits "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" at NBC Studios on February 24, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for NBC)
    (Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for NBC)

    Taraji encouraged people to follow their dreams during a sit down at the 2015 American Black Film Festival. "Just because you have a baby doesn't mean you have to stop following your dreams."

  3. Auntie Let Us Know That We All Have the Right to Fight

    During an interview about she and actor Jussie Smollett's Mac Viva Glam campaign, where funds go to help persons with AIDS/HIV, she said, "But I want people to know that we cannot become complacent or have a lazy attitude — because it’s still affecting people today — especially African-Americans."

  4. Always Urging Us All to Stay 'Real'

    "So the world loves real, thank you."

  5. And Forever Informing Us That If the 'Hidden Figures' Can Do It, We Can Too!

    "These women did not complain about the problem, their circumstances, you know the issues. We know what was going on in that era. They didn't complain. They focused on solutions."

  6. Teaching Us 'No' Doesn't Mean Never
    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29:  Actor Taraji P. Henson attends the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

    "I was armored enough to come out to Hollywood. And I knew that I would get told ‘no’ a million times."

  7. SHE NEVER CEASES TO KEEP OUR DREAMS ALIVE
    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 07:  Actress Taraji P. Henson attends the 2017 MTV Movie And TV Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on May 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
    (Photo: Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)

    "I was dreaming since I came out of the womb."

    THANK YOU, TARAJI!

Written by Naiquan Greene

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