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Make a difference: Taraji P. Henson organized the inaugural & # 39; Can We Talk? & # 39; From the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation Conference and Benefit Dinner in Washington DC on Friday

Taraji P. Henson looks glamorous in chic black dress at non-profit mental health event in honor of her deceased father

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Taraji P. Henson continues its ongoing mission to combat the stigma surrounding mental health problems in the African-American community.

The Empire star started with the inaugural & # 39; Can We Talk? & # 39; From the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation Conference and Benefit Dinner in Washington DC on Friday.

And in keeping with her eye for fashion, the 48-year-old star showed her feminine curves in a black fitted shoulder dress with a high-end look.

Make a difference: Taraji P. Henson organized the inaugural & # 39; Can We Talk? & # 39; From the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation Conference and Benefit Dinner in Washington DC on Friday

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Make a difference: Taraji P. Henson organized the inaugural & # 39; Can We Talk? & # 39; From the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation Conference and Benefit Dinner in Washington DC on Friday

Henson had the black number that showed her upper body with his one-shoulder design.

She was also able to show off her legs a moment in advance with the long slit on the left.

In keeping with her fashion theme of the night, the actress wore a pair of open toe black heels and added an assortment of accessories including earrings, bracelets, and her engagement ring.

On this night she went with natural curls and pulled her ravens back from her face.

Owning it: the Empire star showed her feminine curves in a black fitted dress with one shoulder in the high-end affair

Owning it: the Empire star showed her feminine curves in a black fitted dress with one shoulder in the high-end affair

Owning it: the Empire star showed her feminine curves in a black fitted dress with one shoulder in the high-end affair

On a mission: the actress founded the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, named after her father, who struggled with mental health problems after serving in the Vietnam War
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On a mission: the actress founded the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, named after her father, who struggled with mental health problems after serving in the Vietnam War

On a mission: the actress founded the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, named after her father, who struggled with mental health problems after serving in the Vietnam War

Some of the prominent guests at hand were mental health experts, members of the United States Congress and actress Jennifer Lewis, radio host Charlamagne tha God, Isan Elba, who is the daughter of superstar actor Idris Elba and singer Traci Braxton and her husband Kevin Surrant.

The two-day conference and foundation focuses on ending the stigma associated with mental illness, with the hope of raising $ 500,000 for free therapy sessions for people in need.

& # 39; We are working to normalize the conversation in our communities at a younger age to eradicate the stigma & # 39 ;, Henson said in a statement as reported by The Hype Magazine.

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& # 39; We have to start somewhere – and I believe that talking about it openly is a good place to start.

One goal: the hope is that the inaugural dinner raised $ 500,000 for free therapy sessions for people in need

One goal: the hope is that the inaugural dinner raised $ 500,000 for free therapy sessions for people in need

One goal: the hope is that the inaugural dinner raised $ 500,000 for free therapy sessions for people in need

Henson founded the non-profit organization in 2018 and named it after her father, who struggled with psychological problems after his return to the Vietnam war.

She had long felt that she had to do something to tackle the problem and that sometimes had deadly consequences.

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& # 39; People kill themselves. People are drugged. Not everything has been solved with a pill, & she said.

Show support: Actress Jennifer Lewis borrowed her support in a white and black number

Show support: Actress Jennifer Lewis borrowed her support in a white and black number

Show support: Actress Jennifer Lewis borrowed her support in a white and black number

Works: at one point Lewis played the photographers with great excitement

Works: at one point Lewis played the photographers with great excitement

Works: at one point Lewis played the photographers with great excitement

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Boris Lawrence Henson died in 2006 at the age of 58 after fighting liver cancer.

& # 39; My father fought in the Vietnam war for our country, came back broken and received little to no physical or emotional support & # 39 ;, wrote the Empire star in her 2016 memoirs Around the Way Girl.

& # 39; I am now in his absence, committed to providing support to African Americans who experience trauma every day simply because they are black. & # 39;

Wonderful: radio presenter Charlamagne that God went with a black tuxedo next to wife Jessica Gadsden, who was wearing a black shoulderless dress

Wonderful: radio presenter Charlamagne that God went with a black tuxedo next to wife Jessica Gadsden, who was wearing a black shoulderless dress

Wonderful: radio presenter Charlamagne that God went with a black tuxedo next to wife Jessica Gadsden, who was wearing a black shoulderless dress

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