Taraji P. Henson Will Host a New Facebook Watch Mental Health Talk Show ‘Peace of Mind with Taraji’
Actress Taraji P. Henson will host a Facebook Watch talk show to focus on bringing attention to mental health issues.
Henson is no stranger to the big screen, being a Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee with major roles in several TV shows and films like Baby Boy, Hidden Figures, and Empire. Now she’s hitting a different screen with a new talk show on Facebook Watch.
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#GODIS‼️ ♦️♦️Facebook Watch has greenlit Peace of Mind with Taraji (WT), a talk show centered on mental wellness with Taraji P. Henson and co-hosted with her long time best friend Tracie Jade Jenkins, who is the Executive Director of Henson’s Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation. In the new original series, Golden Globe Award-Winning Actress Taraji P. Henson and Co-Host Tracie Jade Jenkins will shine a spotlight on the challenging mental health issues facing us today – particularly of those in the Black community. Through personal interviews with both celebrities, experts and everyday people, the series will show how to provide support, bring awareness and help eliminate the stigmas of mental health issues. Each episode will focus on a different mental health topic with multiple content drops per week. Henson founded The Boris Lawrence Foundation in 2018, a nonprofit organization led by Executive Director, Tracie Jade Jenkins. The foundation is named in honor of Henson’s father, Boris Lawrence Henson, who suffered with mental health challenges as a result of his tour of duty in the Vietnam War. The organization is committed to changing the perception of mental illness in the Black community by encouraging those who suffer with this debilitating illness to get the help they need. Taraji P. Henson quote: “I’ve long been a mental health advocate for the Black community and created the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation in 2018 that has provided resources to thousands of people who are struggling,” said Henson. “I’m looking forward to bringing this new talk series to Facebook Watch, where I can continue to create conversation around an issue that is near and dear to my heart.” Mina Lefevre, Head of Development & Programming, Facebook Watch: “The work Taraji has done in the mental health space is inspiring, and we’re thrilled to have her come to our platform to educate and entertain around this incredibly important topic.” said Mina Lefevre, Head of Development & Programing for Facebook Watch. “One of our strengths at Facebook Watch is building community and conversation around topics people care about, and we’re looking forward to taking this journey together.”
Henson’s new show, Peace of Mind with Taraji, will focus on mental health struggles, specifically in the African American community. The show will feature co-host Trace Jade Jenkins, the Executive Director of Henson’s Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation.
I love me some Taraji P. Henson
She’s dope for that new talk show
— ᴇʀɪᴋᴀʟᴀʀᴏɴ (@_E_The1) October 5, 2020
Henson’s foundation works to break the stigma surrounding mental health in the African American community. The foundation was named after her late father, who endured his own struggles with mental health after serving in the Vietnam War. The foundation provides scholarships to Black people pursuing careers in the mental health field and offers mental health services to students in underserved communities.
Omg so exciting can’t wait!
— Kadisha (@kadishalynn) October 5, 2020
This year, Henson also began offering free virtual therapy services for African Americans struggling during the pandemic. The first five sessions were open to anyone, and she accepted donations to offset the costs for any additional sessions.
Peace of Mind with Taraji will feature guests ranging from celebrities and mental health experts to everyday people. Fans are proud of the actress for using her platform to bring awareness to mental health issues to help those struggling and need guidance.
Taraji P Henson is starting a talk show about black mental health?? I loveeeee it!
— Chanel Monei’ (@ChanelMonei) October 6, 2020
We must continue to focus on our mental health and helping those who have been affected by COVID-19. There’s no word yet on when Peace of Mind with Taraji will air, but be sure to tune into Facebook Watch when it does.