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.

Over The Weekend (Vol. 1): Kobe Retires, Coco and Ice-T Welcome Baby Girl, and Erykah Shades Iggy

By: William Lawson

Image via Marketing Digest
Image via Marketing Digest

This is your weekend entertainment roundup! You’ve gorged yourself on Thanksgiving food, and if you’re a college student you endured the “what are your future plans” and “how’s school” questions. Well, while you were dealing with that, Hollywood had some interesting things happening too.

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Kobe Bryant announced over the weekend that he plans on retiring after the next NBA season. He wrote a poem (see below) via The Players’ Tribune as his farewell to the game he loved and excelled in. Kobe’s career has spanned 20 years, which include him only playing in LA, winning 5 championships, and scoring 32,683 points despite his most recent form injury. Kobe’s talent will be missed.

Dear Basketball,

 

From the moment
I started rolling my dad’s tube socks
And shooting imaginary
Game-winning shots
In the Great Western Forum
I knew one thing was real:

I fell in love with you.

A love so deep I gave you my all —
From my mind & body
To my spirit & soul.

As a six-year-old boy
Deeply in love with you
I never saw the end of the tunnel.
I only saw myself
Running out of one.

And so I ran.
I ran up and down every court
After every loose ball for you.
You asked for my hustle
I gave you my heart
Because it came with so much more.

I played through the sweat and hurt
Not because challenge called me
But because YOU called me.
I did everything for YOU
Because that’s what you do
When someone makes you feel as
Alive as you’ve made me feel.

You gave a six-year-old boy his Laker dream
And I’ll always love you for it.
But I can’t love you obsessively for much longer.
This season is all I have left to give.
My heart can take the pounding
My mind can handle the grind
But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.

And that’s OK.
I’m ready to let you go.
I want you to know now
So we both can savor every moment we have left together.
The good and the bad.
We have given each other
All that we have.

And we both know, no matter what I do next
I’ll always be that kid
With the rolled up socks
Garbage can in the corner
:05 seconds on the clock
Ball in my hands.
5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1

Love you always,
Kobe

Image via Eonline
Image via E! Online

Coco (famous for her … personality? Maybe modeling?)  and Ice-T (famous for being the random character on Law & Order: SVU, oh and his rap career in the 80s) had a baby girl by the name of Chanel Nicole.

According to E! Online, Coco shared the above photo on Instagram and captioned it with, “I’m doing great! I had the best delivery! I pushed Chanel out in 3 tries! This was taken not 5 minutes after delivery, called skin to skin contact..better for a more bonding experience”

This is Coco’s first child, but Ice-T has two other children. Oh, and Chanel Nicole already has an Instagram profile (username: babychanelnicole) containing 7 posts and 90k+ followers. Congrats T family!

Image via E! Online
Image via E! Online

Erykah Badu recently released her mixtape But You Caint Use My Phone, and rode that wave all the way to hosting the 2015 Soul Train Awards on Sunday. It is reported by E! Online that while hosting, miss Badu held no punches; she made fun of the show for not honoring rap (the show only honors R&B).

Miss Badu continued her jabs during a skit consisting of her making fake calls pretending to invite certain artists, Iggy Azalea being one. Iggy did not attend the show, she really hasn’t attending anything after canceling her tour dates, but that didn’t stop her from being “invited” by Badu.

The Queen of Neo Soul fake called Iggy and said, “Uh yes? Who is this? Iggy Azalea? … Yeah, hey. Oh, no, no, no, no, you can come, ’cause what you doin’ is definitely not rap.” SHAAAAAAADE avalanche. We all know the year Iggy has had so this isn’t new for her. As of now, Iggy hasn’t responded to the joke.

Zola’s Story: Prostitution? Kidnapping? Murder? Oh My!

Image via Twitter (@_zolarmoon)
Image via Twitter (@_zolarmoon)

By: William Lawson

During one of my daily procrastination sessions, I stumbled across a Buzzfeed article that was being publicized as including prostitution, kidnapping, and a possible murder.

The story is taken from the Twitter profile of _zolarmoon. On Tuesday night, she uploaded her story in various tweets that have since been deleted but you can read them here. In over a hundred tweets, she tells the story about a trip she took to Florida with a stranger she met while working at Hooters.

According to Buzzfeed, since the story was tweeted, all of the characters have become trending topics on Twitter.

Image via Twitter
Image via Twitter

Some people have applauded the story:

Image via Twitter (@NotSoRatchet)
Image via Twitter (@NotSoRatchet)

While some are left horrified…

Image via Twitter (@MaFanon)
Image via Twitter (@MaFanon)

And there are even those wanting the tweets to make their way to Hollywood.

Image via Twitter (@Nkgabi_Motau and @JAMZ_BOND)
Image via Twitter (@Nkgabi_Motau and @JAMZ_BOND)

This story, real or fake, has basically broken the internet (sorry, Kim). Here’s your chance to weigh in. Go here and read the tweets in their entirety. Do you believe the story? Or even find it entertaining? Let us know!

CelebriTEA: Meek Mill vs. Drake?

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[Credit: Getty Images]
By: Grace Latimore

Now we all know that nothing about Hollywood (or Houstatlantavegas) is what it seems – it’s all lies and lacefronts. But Meek Mill decided last night he was going to let it all hang out. He tore Drake apart and blasted him for having a ghostwriter. Allegedly, Meek and his people found out that Drake had a ghostwriter after recording RICO and Meek claims he wouldn’t have let the song get out if he knew Drake wasn’t the authour. Meek went on to claim Drake never promoted Meek’s music because Meek knew Drake was a fake.

Pardon?

If that’s the case – why is Meek all of a sudden putting Drake out there? Don’t most artists have ghostwriters? If memory serves, both Drake and Meek have credits on their albums for other people. Some suggest Meek may have gotten the truth about Nicki and Drake’s past and took to Twitter in a fit. Others speculate that Meek just has a bone to pick with the industry in general.

Rick Ross tweeted that Drake was better than Meek but soon deleted his tweet.

Let this be a reminder that celebrities are just your average folks with a lot more money and more time to kill.

I’m off to listen to some Kendrick Lamar.