Viola Davis

Whenever I see women in the media, I usually see fake beauty and covered complexity of character, and as a woman, I feel as though my power and strength are not feminine or good enough. Viola Davis is the epitome of what it means to be a woman who made people see and hear her without apologizing. Her strong character cut through barriers and boundaries for people in the black community, women, and more importantly black women. In her beginnings as an actor, she was always made as a background character in various TV shows and films. However, in 2011 she burst the bubble that was created for her and started creating her own way. In this film she is a service woman named Aibileen who is taking care of a white family’s daughter. At the same time, this author, Skeeter who is white, comes back home to be with her mother and starts taking notice of the people around her. She then comes up with the idea to write a book about what life was like as a black female servant. For me the thing that separated Viola from everyone else was how she gave her emotions. At the end she has to part with the little girl and her family because of her participation in helping Skeeter write the book. As she is being kicked out, the little girl fights to keep her, but in the end Aibileen had to walk away. Before then, nobody really captured the essence of what it means to be a black woman in the U.S., mostly through what it looks and feels like. And of course it would be a dishonor if I didn’t mention how amazing she is in “How to Get Away With Murder”. Annalise Keating, her character, is someone that you hate to love and love to hate. The way that Viola moves in this character truly scares me because of how close it is to reality, especially the kind of temperament her character has and how she deals with everything around her. For me, the scene that stood out to me was when she was getting ready for bed and started striping away the makeup, the jewelry, the wig, and really showed us her face… Annalise’s face. So here are the two wonderful clips. Enjoy!


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