Taraji P. Henson - Jussie Smollett - NOH8-1


Taraji P. Henson and Jussie Smollett have joined the fight for equality by lending their celebrity to the NOH8 campaign.

The “Empire” stars, who play mother and son on the show, tackle homophobia in the black community through one of their many storylines.

During a recent convo with VOGUE, Taraji talked about relationship her character “Cookie” has with her gay son, “Jamal” on “Empire.”

Once a mother; always a mother. I’m a mother in real life, so I don’t have to act. When it’s time to protect our child, as parents, we feel our kid’s pain harder than they do. I tried to explain that to my son. The closest he came to understanding was through his relationship with our dog. He said, I feel that way about Willy. We carry them for nine months. I could only imagine having a child that a father rejects.

I feel like Lucious rejects him out of fear. When he puts Jamal in the trash can, he wanted to throw him away before the world threw him away. He wanted to hide his son from everyone—the ugliness of being a black gay male to the world. Fear will do anything, and Cookie understands the pain on both sides. Cookie is never going to hate her child for being who he is, but she fears for his life, too, because he’s gay and black. It’s deep.

It’s great to see both Taraji and Jussie supporting such a great movement.

For more info on the NOH8 Campaign visit their official website.

Taraji P. Henson - NOH8

Jussie Smollett - NOH8


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