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Radio One-Raleigh Announces Women’s Empowerment 2017 Keynote Speaker

Taraji P. Henson

Raleigh, NC – Radio One Raleigh announces Taraji P. Henson as the keynote speaker of its 23rd Women’s Empowerment. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, April 22 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC. Doors will open at 10:30 am.

Women’s Empowerment is a day-long event that attracts thousands of women from not only the Raleigh-Durham metro, but the entire state of North Carolina. Attendees are entertained by national recording artist performances, informative panel discussions, local vendors and a dynamic keynote speaker. Past speakers have included actor, director and producer Tyler Perry, R&B songstress Mary J. Blige, entertainer Steve Harvey, Oscar Award Winning actress Viola Davis, author and producer Bishop T.D. Jakes, motivational speaker Iyanla Vanzant and Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts.

Keynote speaker Taraji P. Henson is an NAACP Image Award Winner and Academy Award Nominee. Her breakthrough role came in 2001 as Yvette in John Singleton’s Baby Boy. Since then, she has diversified her portfolio by securing roles in projects such as; The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Think Like a Man, Person of Interest and Hustle and Flow.

Her work as Cookie Lyon on Fox’s hit series Empire has earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series Drama. Taraji’s most recent role as Katherine Johnson in the Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures garnered a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

In addition to her impressive and wide-range accomplishments as an actress, Taraji has released a New York Times best-selling autobiography titled “Around the Way Girl”. In this classic actor’s memoir, Taraji reflects on the world-class training she received at Howard University and the pitfalls that come with being a black actress. With laugh-out-loud humor and candor, she shares the challenges and disappointments of the actor’s journey and shows us that behind the red carpet moments, she is ever authentic. She is, at heart, just a girl in pursuit of her dreams.

Established in 1994, Women’s Empowerment was designed to enhance the lives of African American women by addressing issues that specifically impact their health, relationships and overall lifestyle.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. at, the PNC Arena Box Office and by phone 800-745-3000. Additional information about Women’s Empowerment 2017 can be obtained by calling (919) 848-9736 or online at, or

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