Taraji P. Henson nabs talk show focused on mental wellness on Facebook Watch

'Peace of Mind with Taraji' will be co-hosted by her real-life BFF, Tracie Jade Jenkins

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Facebook Watch has greenlit a new talk show hosted by Taraji P. Henson that will focus on mental wellness.

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The series’ working title is Peace of Mind with Taraji and her longtime BFF, Tracie Jade Jenkins, the executive director of Henson’s Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation will co-host.

In the original series, the Golden Globe Award-winning actress will shine a spotlight on the challenging mental health issues facing us today – particularly in the Black community. 

Through interviews with celebrities, experts, and everyday people, the series will show how to provide support, bring awareness, and help eliminate the stigmas of mental health issues.

Each episode will focus on a different mental health topic with multiple content drops per week.

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Taraji P. Henson speaks onstage during the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park on September 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Global Citizen)

Henson founded The Boris Lawrence Foundation in 2018, a nonprofit organization led by Jenkins. The foundation is named in honor of Henson’s father, Boris Lawrence Henson, who suffered from mental health challenges as a result of his tour of duty in the Vietnam War. The organization is committed to changing the perception of mental illness in the Black community by encouraging those who suffer from this debilitating illness to get the help they need.

“I’ve long been a mental health advocate for the Black community and created the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation in 2018 that has provided resources to thousands of people who are struggling,” Henson said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to bringing this new talk series to Facebook Watch, where I can continue to create conversation around an issue that is near and dear to my heart.”

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 “The work Taraji has done in the mental health space is inspiring, and we’re thrilled to have her come to our platform to educate and entertain around this  incredibly important topic,” added Mina Lefevre, head of development & programing for Facebook Watch. “One of our strengths at Facebook Watch is building community and conversation around topics people care about, and we’re looking forward to taking this journey together.”

The series will go into production later this year.

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