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.
"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."
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."
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."
"So the world loves real, thank you."
"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."
"I was armored enough to come out to Hollywood. And I knew that I would get told ‘no’ a million times."
"I was dreaming since I came out of the womb."