Black History Month: Viola Davis

Black History Month: Viola Davis


When you think of an actress that pushes the envelope through dillengence and hard work without care of judgement, Viola Davis should pop up in your mind. Since graduating from Juilliard in 1993, Viola has been climbing up the latter through supporting cast roles in several films and television series. Her breakthrough came in 2008 with her role in the film , Doubt , earning her several nominations including the Golden Globe. Her historical feat was recognized in September 2015 when she became the first African American to win the award for best actress in a drama series. While accepting the award for her stunning role in How To Get Away With Murder, she stated:

“In my dreams, 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 seem to get over that line.”

“That was Harriet Tubman in the 1800s. Let me tell you something—the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You can not win an Emmy for roles that simply are not there.”

Just recently Viola made history as first African American actress to score three Oscar nominations, her record breaking performance in the film Fences

When the history of Hollywood is talked about, it’s mandatory to mention the name of Viola Davis.