Sophie Wilkinson | Contributing Editor | Monday, 21 September 2015

Viola Davis Explains What’s Made Her Different To White Women

Viola Davis Explains What’s Made Her Different To White Women

The Debrief: The Emmys have been going on for 67 years, and it’s taken this long for a woman of colour to win the lead actress award…

Viola Davis made an impassioned speech at the Emmys when she won the award for outstanding actress in a drama for her role in How To Get Away With Murder. It’s worth noting that before the TV programme launched, there hadn’t been a single drama starring a black woman in a lead role since 1974.

Check out Viola’s acceptance speech here:

 

 

If you can’t watch it right now, a brief, but important take away is: ‘The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.’

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Why White People Acting Black Can Really Hurt

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Tags: Race, TV