Taraji P Henson from 'Empire' Shared Tribute Photo to Her Late Father on Veterans Day and They Look Alike
Taraji P. Henson joined the nation in celebrating Veterans Day as she paid tribute to her late father, Boris Henson, who was a Vietnam War veteran. The actress opened up about how much she still misses her dad, and fans couldn’t help noticing a strong resemblance.
Taraji, 49, has always been open about the bond she shared with her late father, who died of cancer over a decade ago. Veterans Day was another occasion for her to look back at his life, and she did so with an emotional post.
"If I had one wish," Taraji penned alongside a photo of Boris. She added:
"It’s been 13 years since you transitioned and I still miss you!!! ESPECIALLY on my low days!!! #RIPDaddy #Veteran #USMarines"
Fans and celebrity friends offered words of support in the comment section, and a few also observed the resemblance between Taraji and her late dad. "Keep ya head up, Sis! He's watching you PROUDLY from heaven!" actress Vivica A. Fox encouraged her colleague.
"My father always told me, 'If you are blessed, then it’s your job to go out to the world and bless someone else.'"
"U definitely look like ur pops," one Instagram user noted. "Continue to Rest Easy, Mr. Henson."
"You look just like your Daddy! May He Rest In Peace," echoed another.
According to Essence, Taraji’s dad was only 58 when he succumbed to liver cancer in 2006. While dedicating her mental health awareness foundation to him last year, the actress revealed that Boris struggled with mental health issues before his death.
In a statement about the launch of the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation (BLHF), Taraji explained:
"My dad fought in the Vietnam War for our country, returned broken, and received little to no physical and emotional support. I stand now in his absence, committed to offering support to African-Americans who face trauma daily, simply because they are Black."
Just went to Boutique of Hope launch event for @TherealTaraji Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, an organization dedicated to mental health and inspired by her late father, a Vietnam vet. pic.twitter.com/G2kmnQrcvw— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) September 23, 2018
The "Proud Mary" star’s commitment to mental health awareness among African Americans was further strengthened by her inability to find a black therapist for her son Marcel.
A few years before Boris’s death, Taraji’s ex-boyfriend and Marcel’s father had been murdered. The Oscar nominee knew that losing two people close to him was bound to affect her son, but she was shocked to realize how difficult it was to find help.
"When we started doing research and I started looking for a therapist that at least looked like him, so he could trust them, it was like looking for a unicorn," Taraji shared with Variety.
Understanding the extent of stigma surrounding mental health issues in the African American community pushed Taraji to work towards making a difference with BLHF. And through it all, she had the voice of her father ringing in her ears.
"My father always told me, 'If you are blessed, then it’s your job to go out to the world and bless someone else,'" she told People recently. "If I have everything, what is everything if I can’t share it. People make the world go round. We need each other."
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