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Viola Davis speaks at the Women in the World Summit about Hollywood's role in Time's Up the Time's up-move and the real, frightening effects of sexual assault on women.
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What is it like to be a colorful woman trying to succeed in Hollywood? Viola Davis articulated her struggle with a dreadful visual imagery when she took the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at the Women's Breakfast in the Hollywood Power Reporter's Entertainment Power 100.

You know the scene in "The Exorcist", in which Linda Blair is tied to the bed, clearly possessed by demons, and wrote "Help me" on her stomach?

"That's how I feel every day in this Hollywood community and in my life as I try to live my authentic life," said Davis. The evil of the film is likened to the negative forces to which it is subjected on a daily basis, while it has the courage to speak out.

Black characters were repeatedly marginalized in Hollywood universes multidimensional white People have always been shown.

"We have to be maternal, we have to be the Savior, we need to make the white character feel better, we do not have a vagina as black women," she said. "I'm sick of celebrating films I was not in. I do not mean viola, I mean black woman."

"So, what's the snack?" She asked the room full of stars, including Kesha, Ryan Coogler, Mandy Moore, Awkwafina and Lupita Nyong & # 39; o. "My main message is: Stop taming us. Stop it!" she announced to cheer.

"Everything that I am and everything we are in us makes art and this world rich." The Brady group, "Gilligan's Island," "Leave it to Beaver," is a lie. "She said," I think there's something to be said about being wild. "

She went on to refer to her production company with her husband Julius Tennon:" My big deal with JuVee Productions is that it's not Limits are how we see narratives with colored people That there is only so much that I will do for this business, and my gift to everyone is this: Do not let anyone tell you who you are.

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