Taraji P. Henson’s acceptance speech at the 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards was unforgettable. In the video at the end of this article, Henson is seen alongside her Hidden Figures cast mates, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae. The stars of Hidden Figures won the award for Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture and Taraji could have won the presidential election with her inspirational words of empowerment.

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Henson advised her heart to steady itself and then asked God to talk to her. The Empire star then transformed into Cookie Lyon, for a moment, demanding the audience to “Listen!” She then explained that Hidden Figures is about unity and sent a beautiful shout out to the African American mathematicians Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson.

Taraji P. Henson SAG Awards Dress Acceptance Speech 2017

Taraji P. Henson SAG Awards Dress Acceptance Speech 2017

Taraji explains that without Johnson, Vaughan and Jackson, Project Mercury wouldn’t have been possible. The mathematicians were the “human computers” who made the space mission possible. They faced intense racism but Henson explains that they didn’t complain. They focused on solutions.

Taraji P. Henson’s SAG Awards dress was just as impressive as her speech. She showed up to the red carpet and slayed in a naked dress by Reem Acra. The award-winning actress’ new shaved bob hairstyle made it easy to see her Nirav Modi diamond studs.

 Check out Taraji’s full speech in the video below:

Originally published on Empire BBK