Taraji P. Henson Passionately Accepts the ‘Fight Against the System’ MTV Movie Award for ‘Hidden Figures’: ‘This Movie Was Bigger Than All of Us’

The actress Taraji P. Henson fights against the system with a powerful speech when ‘Hidden Figures’ took home the MTV Movie and TV Award for ‘Fight Against the System’ on Sunday.  On behalf of accepting the award for the cast and filmmakers of the inspirational movie Henson made sure through her impending words that their voices didn’t go astray.


The Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures was based on a true story on a team of African-American women who play an important role for one of the greatest operations in NASA. Henson played one of the leading roles which was mathematician Katherine Goble Johnson. Other supporting characters include Janelle Monae (Mary Jackson), Octavia Spencer (Dorothy Vaughn) and Kirsten Dunst (Vivian Michael).  


To make noteworthy of this impactful moment the golden popcorn award was presented by U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Walters and Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross. Collectively, part of Henson’s speech acknowledges struggles femininity, equity, while eliminating and debunking gender stereotypes and social constructs.


“And for me, it was very important because I grew up with an understanding. No one ever told me that girls couldn’t do math and science, but there was an understanding, right? There was an understanding that it was for boys. So I remember getting this script, being very upset because I felt like a dream was stolen from me. And it became my mission and everyone’s mission who was involved with this film, to dispel that myth so that another young girl would not grow up thinking that her mind wasn’t capable of grasping math and science. If it were not for these women, we wouldn’t be in space. And not only that, the message of the movie is togetherness. Like I hate the separatism, I hate that it’s man versus woman, black versus white, gay versus straight. Whatever. We’re all humans, right. God is very clever. God is very clever. He made us all different for a reason so we better figure it out. I love you. Thank you MTV. Thank you for everyone that voted. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”


Taraji P Henson comes through with togetherness! Congrats to the ‘Hidden Figures’ cast & crew!


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