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Monday, Apr. 26, 2021
Two foundations that serve the needy achieved the kind of spotlight at Sunday's night's Academy Awards telecast that any nonprofit yearns for: A shout-out from a famous celebrity to the 10 million or so people estimated to be watching the Oscars from home.
Time will tell whether the...
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020
Director George C. Wolfe, Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman Among "Wilsonian Warriors" Behind "Ma Rainey"
Like many of those involved in the making of "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," it's not easy for Viola Davis to summarize what playwright August Wilson has meant to her except to answer, "Everything."
Davis' first stage role was in Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come and Gone." She made her Broadway...
Monday, Oct. 19, 2020
Netflix on Monday previewed George C. Wolfe's August Wilson adaptation "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," showcasing Chadwick Boseman's final performance opposite Viola Davis' powerhouse blues singer.
The film, shot last year, was already one of the year's most anticipated, coming as the next...
Monday, Jun. 24, 2019
When Viola Davis started her production company nearly a decade ago, she was determined to bring about change in Hollywood with a strategic mandate: Normalize people of color on screen.
"We're not social statements. We're not mythical creatures all the time ... you can literally put pen...
Monday, Jun. 17, 2019
Jennifer Pinckney was hiding under a desk holding the mouth of her then-6-year-old daughter when Dylann Roof fired more than 70 shots in Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine black worshippers.
The new documentary, "Emanuel," explores life after the tragic...
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018
When you think of the wives and girlfriends of criminals and mobsters in cinema and television, what or who comes to mind? Kay Adams? Elvira Hancock? Skyler White? They are either victims of a man's misdeeds or end up becoming part of the problem. They might get fancy jewelry or a big house, but...
Monday, Nov. 12, 2018
To Viola Davis, being naked on screen or onstage means more than having your clothes off. It means ridding yourself of self-consciousness and ego. It means exposing yourself.
"Oftentimes you do see dynamic acting — there are a lot of really dynamic actors — but there is a sense of vanity...
Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016
The blue music of "Fences" sings with a ferocious beauty in Denzel Washington's long-in-coming adaptation of August Wilson's masterpiece of African-American survival and sorrow.
Transfers from stage to screen often serve up only a pale reflection of the electric, live-wire theater...
Monday, Sep. 21, 2015
Viola Davis made history on Sunday by becoming the first black woman to win an Emmy for best drama series actress, but said there is still work that needs to be done in getting more diverse stories on screen.
She won for her role as the professor and...
Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015
Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez are grief-stricken mothers in "Lila and Eve," which premiered Friday night at the Sundance Film Festival.
Lila Wolcott (Davis) is broken when her 18-year-old son is gunned down in the street — an innocent victim in the...