Taraji P. Henson Examines the Epidemic of Violence Against Trans Black Women on Peace of Mind

Taraji P. Henson is tackling the hard topics on her Facebook Watch series, Peace of Mind with Taraji.

In PEOPLE's exclusive sneak peek at next week's finale episodes, the actress sits down with three African American transgender women, who share their struggles with depression, anxiety and suicide.

According to the Human Rights Campaign, the majority of transgender or gender non-conforming homicide victims in the U.S. in 2020 were Black and Latinx transgender women. On Peace of Mind, Henson tries to make sense of this epidemic and asks her guests if any of them have experienced violence.

One of the women, Naki, recounts a harrowing experience she had while riding public transportation.

"I've been attacked on the bus," she says. "I was on the bus, minding my business, in my early 20s. He tried to talk to me and I ignored him and I turned my back. I was just not thinking about it, and when he got off the bus, he hit me in the side of my face."  

"Everyone was like, 'Oh my god,' and I'm just like, 'I'm okay, I'm okay,'" Naki recalls. "And it's like, all because you wanted to talk to me and you found out who I was. The worst part is when you don't see it coming."

"Okay so, yes, everybody on the bus, they go on with their lives, but then you're left with this trauma — now what?" Henson asks. "How does this make you feel?" 

"That marked me," Naki admits. "And it caused a fear of any public transportation."

On Peace of Mind, Henson and her longtime friend and co-host Tracie Jade Jenkins discuss mental health issues — particularly those in the Black community — with celebrities, experts and everyday people. Each episode focuses on a different topic.

Guests appear on the Monday episodes, and then Henson and Jenkins sit down with licensed professionals and experts on the Wednesday episodes to offer helpful techniques and tools.

New episodes of Peace of Mind with Taraji drop every Monday and Wednesday at 12 p.m. ET on Facebook Watch.


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