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Hidden Figures star Taraji P. Henson delivered a powerful acceptance speech on Sunday night after picking up an award for Best Fight Against the System.

“If it were not for those women, we wouldn’t be in space and not only that, the message of this movie is togetherness,” she said while accepting the award on behalf of her costars. “Like I hate the separatism: man vs. woman, black vs. white, gay vs. straight.”

Henson, who turned heads in a stunning, long-sleeved rose gold Emilio Pucci gown, continued, “Whatever. We are all humans, right? God is very clever. He made us all different for a reason. So we better figure it out. I love you.”

What made the moment extra special was the surprise cameo by Maxine Waters, who presented the award alongside black-ish star, Tracee Ellis Ross.

The pair stood with such grace and dignity while discussing creating change on such a large platform. “Artists, actors, singers and citizens have a unique opportunity, the ability to speak out and inspire change,” Waters said.

Speaking of the category’s nominees including Loving, Get Out, Luke Cage and Mr. Robot, Maxine said, “Each of these stories pushes back against the bullies and uses their platforms to inspire us all.”

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Finally! Taraji P. Henson Confirms Relationship With NFL Baller Kelvin Hayden



Taraji is finally letting the world know what it already knew – she’s in a relationship with NFL cornerback Kelvin Hayden. Henson dished the (cold) tea while on Essence’s Yes, Girl! podcast saying that the reason she kept it a secret was because she’s a private person.

“I’m not the type to blast my personal business. But, you know, I think that’s important for people to know. I’m happy. I’m very very happy. I just am,” the “Empire” actress shared.

Rumors first circulated in December 2015 about Henson and 34-year-old Hayden, who played for the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts, after photos surfaced of the pair holding hands in Miami. Though Hayden has appeared on her Instagram feed, the Golden Globe winner never confirmed the intimate details until now.

“You know, we’ve been together for two years. No one would really know that because I don’t really blast my info like that. But I’m very happy,” she said.

Taraji girl we could tell. The Hidden Figures actress even broke out singing, “Finally! It has happened to me,”—quoting the CeCe Peniston‘s song “Finally.”

Henson also revealed the couple will be celebrating the holidays together with the new puppy Hayden gifted her with as an early Christmas present.

“Big #KBall with Lil squirt #KBall watching daddy brush his teeth! 😩😂😂😂,” she wrote, teasing a photo of her boo and new pup.

And speaking of Christmas, in case you missed it Taraji hosted her “White Hot Holidays” special on Fox Wednesday night. Peep the clips of Henson having some fun with her celebrity guests including Method Man, DJ Khaled, Neicy Nash, Salt-N-Pepa and The Ying Yang Twins.

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