Women of Color Wednesday: Viola Davis

This week’s #WomenofColorWednesday shout out goes to one of my favorite actresses, Viola Davis!

I’ve always been a fan of Davis, but I completely fell in love with this incredibly talented, intelligent, brilliant actress during her acceptance speech during the 2015 Emmy Awards.

Watch Davis give her speech here.

What stood out to me the most is when she said, “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.” I’ve never heard a truer statement than that. So many women of color miss out on chances to reach the peak of their potential not because they’re not good enough, talented enough, or educated enough, but simply because they lack the opportunities to do so.

Davis is one of the reasons why my life mission is to be a part of the change that the film/media/TV industry needs today: more women and more people of color. I want to be able to tell diverse stories by diverse story tellers, and create opportunities for those who would otherwise not receive them.

The fact that Davis is the first African American to win an Emmy for best actress in a drama (for How To Get Away With Murder) says a lot about the racial inequality in Hollywood and the lack of opportunities for people of color in the industry. There’s definitely a diversity problem, and that needs to change.

At this year’s SAG Awards, she said that “diversity should not be a trending topic…No matter what is going on in the business, I will find a way to practice my art, and all of the actors of color who I know don’t place any limitations on themselves either. So regardless of what is going on with the Academy, regardless of what is going on in Hollywood, they will find a way to be excellent. We always have and we always will.”

People like Viola Davis are the driving force to the changes that need to happen in the industry, and it’s important that people of color lead by this example and advocate for more opportunities for people of color — and women — in the industry. Our stories are just as valid as anyone else’s.

Viola Davis, thank you for being one of my greatest inspirations. It’s people like you that give me hope for diversifying an industry that is dominated by white men.

Katherine Heigl Responds To Scandal Creator, Shonda Rhimes

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[Credit: Jason Merritt]
By Sydney B.

With Katherine Heigl now starring in NBC’s State of Affairs series, you would think that she would be over joyed and focused on her exciting new role, but instead she’s too busy going back and forth with Shonda Rhimes, creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. Katherine revealed that she feels that her “career betrayed her.”

Last month, Rhimes told a Hollywood Reporter how she really feels about Katherine. As Rhimes’s rant continued, she confirmed that “there are no Heigl’s” allowed on the set of Scandal and that she doesn’t “put up with bullsh** or nasty people” anymore.

Well, tell us how you really feel Shonda!

Yesterday in an interview with Mario Lopez, the 35-year-old actress responded to the comments, and she was quite kind with her choice of words.

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[Credit: Us Magazine]
“I am sorry that she feels that way and I wish her nothing but greatness and I have nothing negative to say about [her],” she continued. “I’m a big fan of her work. I watch Scandal every week and so I’m sorry she’s left with such a crappy impression of me. I wish I could do something to change that. Maybe I will be able to someday.”

At least, she’s not retaliating by throwing shade. Katherine, at most, potentially earned herself some brownie points by still being a fan of Scandal.

With having to deal with the her previously negative image, which was blasted throughout the media shortly after she made some unfavorable comments about Knocked Up, which she starred in back, and her removal from the Emmy’s ballot in 2008.  “That took some stomaching,” she says.

“[I’ve realized] there’s nothing I can do about this except to sort of prove it wrong, you know? And the only way to prove it wrong is for people to have a work experience with me that doesn’t speak to that at all,” she says.

This is nothing more than a messy situation, but I’m proud of Katherine for handling it like a woman. Hopefully, the two of them kiss and make-up soon so that we may potentially see her featured on an episode of Scandal.

Katherine now plays in a starring role as Charleston Tucker, a C.I.A. analyst with a dead fiancé on the NBC original series.