The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation (BLHF), founded by Taraji P. Henson, held its inaugural Boutique of Hope on Saturday afternoon in Beverly Hills.

Hosted by the Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actor, writer, and producer, Taraji P. Henson, the event featured an opportunity for guests to shop from Taraji’s closet. The boutique fundraiser raised funds to support BLHF’s first initiative – “A Little Piece of Heaven,” which brings art to inner city school bathrooms to help combat issues like depression, bullying, and suicide among African-American youth. For this initiative, BLHF has partnered with artist Cierra Lynn’s “Art Affirmations”. Guests at the event included John Singleton, Lisa Vidal, Jenifer Lewis, and Nicole Ari Parker, among many others.

“I named the organization after my father because of his complete and unconditional love for me; his unabashed, unashamed ability to tell the truth, even if it hurt; and his strength to push through his own battles with mental health issues,” said Taraji P. Henson. “My dad fought in The Vietnam War for our country, returned broken, and received little to no physical and emotional support. I stand now in his absence, committed to offering support to African Americans who face trauma daily, simply because they are black.”

BLHF recently launched a Prizeo campaign that gives fans the chance to win a trip to meet Taraji P. Henson at the premiere of WHAT MEN WANT, with donations supporting The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation. To enter, please visit prizeo.com/Taraji.

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