Taraji P. Henson will be in Raleigh this weekend according to her publicist’s office, though her agency said on Wednesday that she wouldn’t attend.
The NAACP Image Award winner and Academy Award nominee best known for roles in “Empire” and “Hidden Figures” is set to be the keynote speaker at Radio One Raleigh Women’s Empowerment event this weekend, and advertisements as recently as Wednesday still said she was the keynote speaker.
Henson’s representatives at United Talent Agency in Los Angeles said on Wednesday she was filming a movie and was unavailable for the event. But Sharp & Associates PR, office of Henson’s publicist Pamela Sharp, said she still was attending the event Saturday. Radio One representatives also said Henson still was attending.
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Women’s Empowerment is a day-long event that attracts women from across North Carolina, according to a Radio One news release. National recording artists perform, panel discussions are held and local vendors attend. Past speakers have included Tyler Perry, Mary J. Blige, Steve Harvey, Viola Davis, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Iyanla Vanzant and Robin Roberts. The annual event was first held in 1994 and was “designed to enhance the lives of African American women by addressing issues that specifically impact their health, relationships and overall lifestyle.”
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