Taraji P. Henson Attends Inaugural Can We Talk? Benefit Dinner

The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation (Blhf), founded by actress and activist Taraji P. Henson, held the inaugural “Can We Talk?” Benefit Dinner on Friday night at the Newseum in Washington D.C. Blhf Executive Director Tracie Jenkins presented American actress, singer and activist, Jenifer Lewis with the first ever “I Rise” Award for her trailblazing philanthropic efforts to erase the stigma around mental illness.

Taraji P. Henson and Jenifer Lewis

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Lewis accepted the awards saying, “I came to slay. We’re going to fight this disease and we’re going to win and we’re going to take care of our babies.”

The black-tie benefit dinner kicked off the “Can We Talk?” Conference, a 2-day event dedicated to supporting African-Americans who seek therapy but may not otherwise have the means to cover costs. Special guests of the dinner included: honoree Jenifer Lewis,
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