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Gabrielle Union praises Taraji Henson’s mentoring of Black actors

The actor and author said that the ‘Empire’ star told the truth about how Hollywood financially breaks Black women
Taraji P. Henson (Photo credit: Bang Media)

Gabrielle Union has hailed Taraji P. Henson for caring for the “next generation” of Black stars.

The “Being Mary Jane” actor has taken to social media to praise the Hollywood star, who recently revealed that she’s “tired of working so hard” only to receive a “fraction” of her salary.

“Not a damn lie told. Not. A. Damn. Lie,” Union wrote on X in response to Henson’s comments. “We go TO BAT for the next generation — and hell even our own generation and above. We don’t hesitate to be the change that we all need to see, AND it takes a toll on your mind, health, soul and career, if we’re keepin’ it 100.”

Henson previously revealed that she’s considering walking away from the movie industry.

“I’m just tired of working so hard, being gracious at what I do, and getting paid a fraction of the cost. I’m tired of hearing my sisters saying the same thing over and over. I hear people go, ‘You work a lot.’ I have to. The math ain’t matching,” the actress told Sirius XM.

“When you start working a lot, you have a team. Big bills come with what we do. We don’t do this alone. There’s a whole entire team behind us and they have to get paid. So when you hear someone saying ‘Oh such-and-such made $10 million.’ That didn’t make it to their account,” the Hidden Figures actor said.

“Know that off the top, Uncle Sam is getting 50 percent,” Henson stated. “So now we’re at five million. Your team is getting 30 percent of whatever you gross — not after what Uncle Sam took. Now, do the math.”

“I’m only human, and it seems every time I do something and I break another glass ceiling, when it’s time to renegotiate, I’m at the bottom again like I never did what I just did,” The “Empire” star said.

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