Viola Davis & Kerry Washington Launch Independent Production Companies, Partner with ABC

When the opportunities aren’t there, you have to go and create your own. I am so proud that Viola Davis and Kerry Washington are creating their own spaces and places. Davis and Washington are breaking through the glass ceilings within the entertainment industry, which will benefit generations for decades to come. Keep marching to your own beat and create your own opportunities. 

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The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.” – Voila Davis

It looks like Viola Davis isn’t waiting for her chance to help the next generation of actresses. The “How To Get Away with Murder” star recently entered her production company – JuVee Productions – into a deal with ABC Studios to create projects for digital, streaming, broadcast and cable content.

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The company which Davis launched with her husband Julius Tennon is headed by Andrew Wang. Wang is the former vice president of scripted television development and production at Bravo and responsible for the network’s first scripted series, comedy “Odd Mom Out,” and the drama “Girlfriends Guide to Divorce”.

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Davis shared with Variety, “We started JuVee because we wanted to see narratives that reflected our multi-ethnic and multi-faceted culture. We wanted to be a part of classic storytelling, and we didn’t want to wait.”

2016-05-02_8-33-09The Emmy Award winner isn’t the only one making power moves to behind the camera. “Scandal” star Kerry Washington also announced her newly launched production company Simpson Street has also inked a deal to create projects for ABC Studios and ABC Signature.

2016-05-02_8-29-15Named for the street where her mom grew up in the Bronx, the company has already seen strong success from its first project – the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas HBO movie Confirmation.

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Washington told Deadline, “I believe strongly in the importance of having a seat at the table, which makes starting this production company thrilling for me. It’s an honor to be at a point in my career when I can help generate projects that that are exciting, necessary and truly reflect the world around us.”

Based in LA the company “aims to become the go-to creative hub where the next generation of filmmakers and artists have the space to craft dynamic stories spanning the broad spectrum of humanity.”

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The fact that both Viola Davis & Kerry Washington launched independent production companies and partnered with ABC is huge news. These women are total Bosses. Bravo to them for stepping into their power and helping to create more opportunities for women of color and also for working to create stories that are as diverse as the world we live in. Continue reading here.

#SheWoke: Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls

I don’t know how I missed this last month, but I’m so glad to hear about this historic caucus. It definitely touched my heart and soul to see my Soror,  U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, formed part of this historical coalition. In the wake of Amy Joyner-Francis’ death, we need a caucus to protect our girls and each other. I would love to find out how to become part of this caucus. 

From Black Voices on The Huffington Post:

Three black women in congress made history on Tuesday when they announced the formation of the first and only Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls.

U.S. Reps. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.), Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) and Yvette D. Clarke (D-N.Y.) confirmed the news in a press release issued by the U.S. House of Representatives. The release described the caucus as a group devoted to creating public policy that “eliminates significant barriers and disparities experienced by black women.” 

Mary Pat Eye Roll

It’s ok Mary Pat, I roll my eyes every time Donald Trump speaks too. 🙄

Not Everyone’s Cup of Tea

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Guess what ladies, the world doesn’t end because you have haters and naysayers. You will never be everyone’s cup of tea and the truth is, this shouldn’t bother you if you aren’t offering them a sip! #phatgirlfresh #ijs #curvyconfidence #goldenconfidence #fatgirlsbewinning #phatgirlbouteeque #phatgirlgear