Viola Davis –long the darling of Black magazines– is finally being recognized for her achievements and talent as an actress!
As an Oscar® contender for her role in “The Help,” she and another contender –namely, George Clooney– are gracing the cover of Entertainment Weekly magazine.
As few actresses of her caliber dare to speak up about the dearth of roles for Black actresses, let alone why Hollywood seems transfixed by hiring Black entertainers, rappers and singers for acting roles, but don’t do that for white actors.
According to Ms. Davis:
“Only one black actress in history has been back [at the Oscars] more than once, and that’s Whoopi Goldberg,” Davis told Entertainment Weekly. “But that’s only because there aren’t a lot of roles out there that are going to bring you back. Say if you have two great roles for an African-American actress in a year — one actress can cover it. So if there’s five really good black actresses out there, and that one actress gets it all, then the other four can sit for the next three years.”