During her very emotional speech Monday, Henson praised her grandmother for showing her the true definitions of love and family.
“What I love about my grandmother is her unconditional love. She taught the family how to love, and she keeps us very close. All my cousins and I are really, really close. But of course, she prayed. She did a lot of praying and she continues to pray for me, and like I said in my speech, her prayers definitely brought me here. So, my grandmother’s my everything.”
The What Men Want actress also discussed impacting society with her art.
“I’m telling you, everything I do is for the positive forward movement of humanity. That’s how powerful art is, I don’t take anything for granted. Every role that I take on is just as special as the last one. Because I know that if I put my all into it, and some way this role transformed me, then I know the audience will be transformed….Thank you so much…God is very real.”
See her touching speech in full below.
The director of Henson’s breakout film, Baby Boy, John Singleton, was in attendance to support her great accomplishment, as were good friend Mary J. Blige and others. Check out photos and video from the ceremony below.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.