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Recently, in an interview with Gayle King, Taraji P. Henson expressed her grievances over the pay disparity she has experienced in Hollywood throughout her career, which triggered so many supporters both in a fan and peer capacity. Some figured the comments were aimed at Oprah since Henson was promoting The Color Purple, which also stars H.E.R., Halle Bailey, Jon Batiste, Fantasia Barrino, Colman Domingo, Corey Hawkins,  Aunjanue Ellis, David Alan Grier, Deon Cole and Louis Gossett Jr. — and came out in theaters Dec. 25.


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After clearing the air with Oprah on Instagram, Taraji reacted to the support in an exclusive interview with ET, “[It’s] because I’ve been saying it for years. If you go and do research and look at any women of color in the industry, they said the same thing.” 

She continued, “I don’t know why people decided to hear the words [this time]. Maybe it was the emotion attached to it. But like I said in the interview, I’m just tired of us having that same conversation. Something’s gotta give.”

Why do you think Taraji’s message resonated more in today’s age than before?

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