Viola Davis’ Emmy Acceptance Speech… in Gif Format

“‘In my mind, I see a line. And over that line, I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me over that line. But I can’t seem to get there no how. I can’t seem to get over that line.’

“That was Harriet Tubman in the 1800s. And let me tell you something: The only thing that separates women of colour from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.
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Viola Davis Wins Her Third SAG Award

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On the heels of her win for Favorite Actress in a New TV Series at this year’s People’s Choice Awards, “How to Get Away with Murder” actress Viola Davis has added yet another trophy to her ever growing collection, a Screen Actor’s Guild statuette, for Best Actress in a TV Drama Series.

Davis’ emotional speech included a thank you to the show’s creators and writers, as well as another not so thinly veiled reference to the New York Times writer who didn’t think Davis “classically beautiful” enough to pull off the role of Analise Keating. “It starts from the top up,” Viola said. “So I’d like to thank Paul Lee, Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, Bill D’Elia and Peter Norwalk for thinking that a sexualized, messy, mysterious woman could be played by a 49-year old dark-skinned African American woman who looks like me.”
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Viola Davis Wins Peoples Choice Award

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No shock there.

“How to Get Away with Murder” actress Viola Davis won Favorite Actress in a New TV Series at last night’s People’s Choice Awards.

Viola was up against some pretty stiff competition, including Jada Pinkett Smith, who has garnered across the board acclaim for her portrayal of Fish Mooney in Fox’s break-out comic book thriller “Gotham.”

While accepting her award Viola referenced Alessandra Stanley’s widely-panned New York Times article which called Shonda Rhimes an “angry black woman” and referred to Viola as being dark-skinned and less classically beautiful than other black women on TV.
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Nicole Beharie & Viola Davis Score NAACP Nods

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The nominees for the 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards were announced just moments ago via the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, California.

ABC and the Lifetime channel lead this year’s nominees, with “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder” scoring multiple nods, including Best Actress in a Drama recognition for both Kerry Washington and Viola Davis.
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Trailer: Viola Davis’ New ABC Drama

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Viola Davis’ new ABC drama “How to Get Away with Murder” will officially join the network’s Thursday night line-up when it debuts later this fall.

The Shonda Rhimes produced legal drama will air at 10pm, while “Grey’s Anotomy” has been moved up to 8pm and “Scandal” to 9pm.

The resulting line-up has produced for the first time in network history, a block of programming all from the same creator. ABC is apparently betting Shonda, who reportedly just signed an eight figure deal with the network, can help dig them out of their overall third place finish among the top four networks last season.
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Meagan Good to Appear in ‘Black Love’ Documentary on OWN

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The Franklins Share Their Black Love Story

Meagan Good and hubby DeVon Franklin are set to appear in an upcoming documentary titled Black Love, set to air via the OWN channel on August 16th. The network will run four one-hour episodes, which aim to highlight love stories within the black community. “Black Love dives into how love begins, while showing the reality of what life-long love looks like,” reads the press release OWN issued for the show. “Using honest, emotional and sometimes cringe-worthy stories, the series offers proof that while love can happen for everyone, it isn’t a cakewalk.”
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Singer Jill Scott Tested for the Role of Olivia Pope?

JILL SCOTT AS OLIVIA POPE

Can You Imagine Jill Scott as Olivia Pope?

With the 100th episode of Scandal set to air this Thursday, cast and crew were recently brought together by the Hollywood Reporter to discuss what it took to bring the controversial political drama to network television. It was of course no shock to hear ABC wanted the part of Olivia Pope to be played by a white woman, despite the character being inspired by real-life African American political fixer Judy Smith. What was a bit shocking, however, were some of the names being thrown about to play Olivia once the network agreed to the casting of a black woman.
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