Taraji P. Henson Cries As She Recalls Telling Her Son How His Father Was Murdered

Taraji P. Henson Cries As She Recalls Telling Her Son How His Father Was Murdered

Actress Taraji P. Henson got emotional when she opened up about her son’s father’s passing in a new episode of her Facebook series, Peace of Mind With Taraji.  Tears fell from her eyes as she recalls the moment she had to tell her son Marcell, how his father died.

“My son’s father was suddenly taken, murdered, when he was 9, and I didn’t know how to tell him that.  I couldn’t tell him he was murdered, so I told him he died in an accident.”

She says that he eventually found out how it happened and tells the story of her son asking her why she didn’t tell him the truth.

“Later on in life he found out and he came back to me and was like, ‘Why didn’t you tell me my daddy was murdered?'”


“And so then we had to get therapy.”

Taraji P. Henson hosts her show with Tracie Jade Jenkins and therapist Sierra Hillsman, and she asked the women what would they have done in that situation.

Sierra Hillsman suggested to “use age-appropriate language” explaining that “sometimes there are situations where people do evil things to other people.”  Taraji P. Henson responds by saying that she struggled to tell her son Marcell the truth.

“I didn’t have the balls. It wouldn’t come out. I hid it. I read the, actually, it was in the paper and I didn’t know how to tell him. He was stabbed to death, it was the worst way you could die. I just didn’t have the words. I didn’t know how to tell a 9-year-old.”

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Peace of Mind with Taraji aims to “shine a spotlight on the challenging mental health issues facing us today-particularly of those in the Black community,” as noted in the press release.

Taraji P. Henson previously spoke on her new project saying,

“It’s a peace of mind. It’s educational, it’s an opportunity for us to show you, actually, what it looks like inside of a therapist’s room.  [We hear], ‘Boy, get over it. Man up! Tough it out, strong Black woman.’ These things have been passed down, so to even talk about mental health, how do you do that when you’ve never talked about it? When it’s been taboo?”

‘Pray it away, go talk to your pastor.’ Those things that get us into trouble that don’t allow us to heal from trauma.  I mean, think about what we go through as Black people. Police brutality, microaggressions, not being paid equally … it’s a lot. It’s a lot to unpack, and we felt like we needed some kind of programming that you didn’t have to pay for and makes you feel safe.”

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Authored by: Demi Lobo