21st Century Group, the company behind The Inaugural International Women In Media conference (#WIMCon2018) has released a statement following Taraji P. Henson, Halle Berry and Bonang Matheba’s exit from the lineup.
In a statement, the company reveals that they’re disappointed by Taraji’s Twitter posts that started the storm. The company furthers reveals that there was a contract concluded and a deposit was paid to Taraji’s Agents Superstar Agency.
Written confirmation was received by 21st Century Group from Ms. Henson’s Agents of her attendance and participation at the event. 21st Century Group has handed the matter over to our New York legal team to investigate whether there was miscommunication between Ms. Henson’s agent and manager, or whether this was a deliberate attempt to breach the contract that was signed by the respective parties.
Taraji alleged that she knows nothing about this event, through a series of tweets.
False! I have no knowledge of this event. PLEASE REMOVE MY NAME!
See Full statement below:
21st Century Group is highly concerned and deeply disappointed by the recent social media
posts made by Taraji Henson wherein she alleges not having knowledge of the International
Women in Media Conference scheduled to take place on 5 September 2018 at the Sandton
Convention Centre. We would like to place on record that prior arrangements were made with
Ms. Henson’s Agents Superstar Agency whereby a contract was concluded between 21st
Century Group and the latter, only upon confirmation of Ms. Henson’s attendance at the event.
It was our reasonable expectation, as is the normal protocol in these situations,that the agency
had been liaising with Ms. Henson’s Manager. A deposit was also paid to Superstar Agency as
a matter of enforcing and complying with the said contract on the part of 21st Century Group.
Written confirmation was received by 21st Century Group from Ms. Henson’s Agents of her
attendance and participation at the event. 21st Century Group has handed the matter over to our
New York legal team to investigate whether there was miscommunication between Ms.
Henson’s agent and manager, or whether this was a deliberate attempt to breach the contract
that was signed by the respective parties.
The International Women in Media Conference is a significant event in building leadership and
women empowerment in Africa. This event has been solely funded by 21st Century Group as a
means of giving back to women in Africa, using influential leaders in the film industry to
encourage personal growth and confidence in women, especially for those women that are
disadvantaged to explore their individual strengths to be leaders in media. This initiative is not
intended to generate an income or profit for 21st Century Group. Ms. Henson was identified as
one of the key participants as she is globally admired for her strengths as a woman in the
industry. We re-iterate our disappointment in the manner in which this matter has come to the
fore and without our knowledge through formal channels. The event will however still go on
as scheduled. No tickets were sold, and no tickets will be sold, it’s strictly by invitation. Once
the matter has been fully investigated and we gain a proper understanding of the reasons behind
Ms. Henson’s actions on social media, 21st Century Group will issue a media statement
We would like to apologise to all the talent and partners that are negatively affected by the
negative reports. We also appreciate the partners and talent that has supported the initiative of
the International Women In Media Conference and understand that it is about empowerment of
women through media.
False! I have no knowledge of this event. PLEASE REMOVE MY NAME! https://t.co/x9TlYLpqaa
— Taraji P. Henson (@TherealTaraji) August 8, 2018
The Inaugural International Women In Media conference (#WIMCon2018) is hosted by 21st Century Media.
Set for 5-6 September 2018 at the Sandton Convention Centre, the conference will serve as a platform to empower and inspire media professionals, entrepreneurs and budding media moguls on how to turn their passion into profit.
Other speakers who will be speaking at the event include; Jae Scott, Lebo Makoena, Thabile Ngwato, Sandra Garcia Lowery, Amanda du-Pont, Claire Mawisa, Nneka Norville, Salamina Mosese and Nomzamo Mbatha.