Taraji P Henson, known for her role as ‘Cookie’ in Empire, recently discussed pay and opportunities gaps between black and white actors in Hollywood. During an interview with Gayle King, she tearfully highlighted the issue of underpayment among black talents.
Expressing frustration, she said, “I’m tired of working hard, being gracious, yet paid a fraction.” Despite dedication, she faces significantly lower compensation than white actors.
She noted systemic obstacles faced by black actors, often being told her work might not translate overseas, limiting budgets. This reasoning fails when seeing higher payments to other actors while citing financial constraints for black talent.
“This industry steals your soul if you let it,” she stressed, noting the toll on well-being. Having diversified income due to industry unpredictability, she urged standing against these inequities.
The conversation pushed for systemic change, advocating fair compensation and opportunities for all actors, regardless of race.
Henson concluded firmly, refusing to let industry biases consume her spirit: “Enough is enough! That’s why I have other income streams. I won’t let it steal my soul.”
Watch Taraji P Henson full interview here: