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Viola Davis Calling Out Hollywood on Bad Roles for Black Actresses

Viola Davis may be on her way to the small screen, but she’s calling out the business of getting movies onto the silver screen on her way there. Specifically, how often black actresses appear there, and what kind of roles they play when they do. Show More Summary

Viola Davis: Most Roles Offered to Black Actresses are “Mammy-ish”

Viola Davis says she's tired of being offered roles that she describes as "downtrodden" or "mammy-ish." In an interview with The New York Times Magazine, the How to Get Away with Murder star says there simply aren't enough meaty roles...Show More Summary

Viola Davis Laments Hollywood Relegating Black Actresses To Marginalized Roles

With the record number of 11 acting Emmy nominations for black actors this year, the industry consensus might appear to be that African Americans are making a breakthrough.  But for Viola Davis, black actresses are still relegated to...Show More Summary

Viola Davis Gets Real About Race in Hollywood

Viola Davis knows it's a big deal for her to play Professor Annalise Keating in Shonda Rhimes's new show, How to Get Away with Murder. Davis sits down with Amy Wallace for a New York Times Magazine profile where she gets candid about what it means for her, "a woman... More »

Why Is the New York Times Diagramless Crossword So Coy?

This weekend’s New York Times Magazine features a profile of Viola Davis, a much-discussed meditation on “The Death of Adulthood in American Culture,” and a diagramless crossword puzzle by Fred Piscop. Diagramless crosswords, or “diagramlesses,”...Show More Summary

Review: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them

All the lonely people, though not enough of either of them. mpaa rating:R (For language and sexuality.) Genre:Drama Directed By: Ned Benson Run Time: 2 hours 2 minutes Cast: Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Ryan Eggold, Bill Hader Theatre...Show More Summary

The Culture Issue: Viola Davis as You’ve Never Seen Her Before: Leading Lady!

After three decades of making kindly supporting characters memorable, she finally gets her star turn.

Kerry Washington Dishes on Social Media, Sexism, and Living in ShondaLand

Buzzfeed Brews, the news outlet’s video series, featured a panel discussion last night with social television’s favorite (and maybe pioneering) stars: Ellen Pompeo of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal’s” Kerry Washington, and Viola Davis of...Show More Summary

First look: Viola Davis gets fierce in ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ premiere

ABC’s new drama is going to teach you How to Get Away with Murder… sort of. The series stars Viola

Ellen Pompeo Has No 'Strong Desire' To Act After 'Grey's Anatomy'

Longtime "Grey's Anatomy" star Ellen Pompeo dropped a minor bombshell at Wednesday night's BuzzFeed Brews panel, which featured the three stars of Shonda Rhimes' ABC shows. Pompeo, Viola Davis ("How To Get Away With Murder") and Kerry...Show More Summary

It's Raining People of Color on TV Thanks to Shonda Rhimes, Scandal

People of color are taking over … the fall television schedule. From Taraji P. Henson and Viola Davis to Octavia Spencer and Tracee Ellis Ross, it’s a long overdue change on network TV. Read more...

Viola Davis Kills It on Emmys 2014 Red Carpet

Viola Davis looks beautiful in a blue dress while hitting the red carpet at the 2014 Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday (August 25) in Los Angeles. The 49-year-old actress went to the show after spending a day on set for her new ABC series How to Get Away with [...]

My Weekend Crush

So earlier this week I was rewatching “Far From Heaven” and I noticed, really noticed, who was playing Julianne Moore and Dennis Quaid’s maid. It was Viola Davis. I’d just never paid attention before. Which is terrible, but true. So watching now, knowing who she is, I was struck once more by how limiting our preconceived notions of people can be. Show More Summary

Key and Peele, Viola Davis, Andy Samberg join list of Emmy presenters

Just a few days ago, we learned that True Detective‘s Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson would be among the presents at this

EMMYS: Viola Davis, Allison Janney, Sofia Vergara Among Primetime Presenters

Viola Davis, Allison Janney, Keegan-Michael Key, Lucy Liu, Debra Messing, Jordan Peele, Andy Samberg, Octavia Spencer and Sofia Vergara have been added to the presenters list for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. They join previously announced...Show More Summary

The word fierce is overused, but it's highly appropriate for Viola Davis in the new poster for How T

The word fierce is overused, but it's highly appropriate for Viola Davis in the new poster for How To Get Away With Murder. Getting excited for this. (Matt McGorry is in it!) Read more...

How To Get Away With Murder Shows Off Viola Davis And A Lot Of Red

Among the series we have to look forward to this fall is ShondaLand's latest, How To Get Away With Murder. The new drama solidifies Rhimes' domination over ABC's Thursday-night lineup, as it's set to follow Grey's Anatomy and Scandal each week. Click To Continue Reading

'How to Get Away with Murder' new poster revealed

ABC dropped a sneak peak at the new poster for "How to Get Away with Murder" starring a regal black and white Viola Davis over a red backdrop.Davis's dignified pose is made ominous by the black "blood" splatters splashed behind her and "Murder" scrawled across in messy font. Show More Summary

Emmys: Cicely Tyson Reflects on Her Legacy, Breaking Down Barriers and Race in Hollywood

The Emmy contender also tells THR how she feels about being a professional mentor to so many women of color in Hollywood, from Viola Davis to Kerry Washington. read more

10 Things I learned From Screening "Get on Up" #NABJ14

1. Viola Davis, Dan Akyroyd, and Octavia Spencer, should all get Oscar nods. 2. Chadwick Boseman is funky as the Godfather of Soul, Mr. Dynamite, and the hardest working man in show business and it is a man's world. 3. Jill Scott is fierce. 4. Show More Summary

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