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Taraji P. Henson Talks Mental Health in the Black Community During Variety's Power Of Women Speech (Video)

Honoree Taraji P. Henson is all smiles at Variety’s Power Of Women: New York event!

The 48-year-old Empire actress looked chic at the event, presented by Lifetime, at Cipriani Midtown on Friday (April 5) in New York City.

She was joined by fellow honorees Kacey Musgraves, Bette Midler, and Christiane Amanpour.

Presenters included CBS This Morning‘s Gayle King, Gloria Bell actress Julianne Moore, and The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon (wearing some interesting tiny props on his fingers). The Daily Show comedian Michelle Wolf hosted the event.

Also in attendance were Bethenny & Fredrik‘s Bethenny Frankel, journalist Carole Radziwill, “Babe” singer Jennifer Nettles, Freak Show actress Trudie Styler, and Ashley Graham, who had fun with fellow model Gigi Hadid while inside.

Taraji was brought to tears during her speech while discussing mental health in the black community. Watch it below! (See Gigi‘s speech here.)

Audi was a premiere sponsor of the event, and the official wine partner was JNSQ. Additional sponsors included Shea Moisture, iHeart Media, and Icelandic Glacial.

FYI: Taraji is wearing Off-White with Sergio Rossi shoes. Kacey is wearing a Calvin Klein 205W39NYC dress and clutch, Stuart Weitzman shoes, and Irene Neuwirth jewels. Julianne is wearing Chloe. Ashley is wearing Cushnie with a Lala Lexa clutch.

25+ pictures inside of Taraji P. Henson and more at the event… More Here! »

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Taraji P. Henson Opens Up About Her Mental Health & Stigma of Mental Illness in the Black Community

Taraji P. Henson is on the cover of Variety‘s Power of Women issue, out now.

Bette Midler and Christiane Amanpour also star on separate covers of the issue.

Here’s what the 48-year-old Empire actress had to say…

On stigma surrounding mental illness in the black community: ”We’re walking around broken, wounded and hurt, and we don’t think it’s OK to talk about it. We don’t talk about it at home. It’s shunned. It’s something that makes you look weak. We’re told to pray it away. Everyone was always asking me, ‘Do you have a charity?’ Well, dammit, this is going to be my calling, because I’m sick of this. People are killing themselves. People are numbing out on drugs. Not everything is fixed with a pill.”

On her own struggles with mental health: ”I suffer from depression. My anxiety is kicking up even more every day, and I’ve never really dealt with anxiety like that. It’s something new.”

On fame and being a normal person: “It was fun at first, but the older I get, the more private I want to be. I think there’s a misconception with people in the limelight that we have it all together, and because we have money now and are living out our dreams, everything is fine. That’s not the case. When they yell ‘Cut’ and ‘That’s a wrap,’ I go home to very serious problems. I’m still a real human.”

For more from Taraji, head to Variety.com.

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Tom Hanks: Arts for Humanity Gala with Elie Wiesel!

Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson meet up with political activist Elie Wiesel at the 2012 Arts for Humanity Gala held at the New York Public Library on Wednesday (October 17) in New York City.

The 56-year-old actor was honored by The Elie Wiesel Foundation at the event and joked that he still had some overdue books from 1977 that he needed to turn in to the library.

Tom‘s son Colin Hanks, Blythe Danner, and Christiane Amanpour also attended the event.

FYI: Tom is dressed up in a suit by Tom Ford while Rita is wearing a dress by Tom Ford.

20+ pictures inside of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson at the Arts for Humanity GalaMore Here! »

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