Henson, Hadid give emotional remarks at Variety honors

Honoree Bette Midler attends Variety's Power of Women: New York presented by Lifetime at Cipriani 42nd Street on Friday, April 5, 2019, in New York. (...

Honoree Bette Midler attends Variety's Power of Women: New York presented by Lifetime at Cipriani 42nd Street on Friday, April 5, 2019, in New York. (...

Honoree Taraji P. Henson, right, and actress Yara Shahidi attend Variety's Power of Women: New York presented by Lifetime at Cipriani 42nd Street on F...

Honoree Taraji P. Henson, right, and actress Yara Shahidi attend Variety's Power of Women: New York presented by Lifetime at Cipriani 42nd Street on F...

Singer-songwriter Kasey Musgraves attends Variety's Power of Women: New York presented by Lifetime at Cipriani 42nd Street on Friday, April 5, 2019, i...

Singer-songwriter Kasey Musgraves attends Variety's Power of Women: New York presented by Lifetime at Cipriani 42nd Street on Friday, April 5, 2019, i...

Honoree Gigi Hadid, left, and her sister model Bella Hadid attend Variety's Power of Women: New York presented by Lifetime at Cipriani 42nd Street on ...

Honoree Gigi Hadid, left, and her sister model Bella Hadid attend Variety's Power of Women: New York presented by Lifetime at Cipriani 42nd Street on ...

Honoree Christiane Amanpour attends Variety's Power of Women: New York presented by Lifetime at Cipriani 42nd Street on Friday, April 5, 2019, in New ...

Honoree Christiane Amanpour attends Variety's Power of Women: New York presented by Lifetime at Cipriani 42nd Street on Friday, April 5, 2019, in New ...

NEW YORK (AP) — Taraji P. Henson teared up as she discussed suicide rates among young black people. Gigi Hadid did the same as she spoke about the fate of the Rohingya people in refugee camps in Bangladesh.

The two were among five celebrities honored Friday for their philanthropic work at Variety's annual Power of Women event in New York.

Bette Midler spoke passionately about her restoration work cleaning up neighborhoods in New York City through the organization she founded in 1995. Singer Kacey Musgraves talked about the importance of arts education for young people, particularly music.

And journalist Christiane Amanpour evoked the grave dangers reporters around the world face on the job, and decried what she called the "untruthful trope" of the term "fake news" used as a weapon against journalists.