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Wendy Williams Says Viola Davis’s Natural Hair Made Her Look Like A Man

Viola Goes Natural
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Viola Davis rocked her natural hair on the Oscars red carpet. Read More »
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Viola Davis addresses black actresses and racism in "The Help." Read More »
Dear Wendy
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"Good Hair" Review
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Move your nasty self over, Kelly Osbourne: there’s a new girl-on-girl hater in town. Talk show host Wendy Williams had some crap to say about Viola Davis’s decision to go natural at the Oscars  and it was not nice. According to the blog Madame Noire, Wendy Williams said no one wanted to see a “‘Room 222′ look on the red carpet.” I didn’t know what that obscure reference meant, but Madame Noire explained that “Room 222″ was a TV show from the ’60s and ’70s about a black man with a short Afro who taught a history class. In other words, Wendy Williams was implying no one wanted to see Viola Davis with her short, natural hair because it made her look mannish Keep reading »

Viola Davis On Rocking Her Natural Hair

Viola On "The Help"
red carpet premieres young adult and extremely loud and incredibly close
Viola Davis addresses black actresses and racism in "The Help." Read More »
Dear Wendy
Husband hates his wife's natural hair. What should she do? Read More »
Reporter Goes Natural
A TV news reporter swears to go natural with her hair. Read More »
Viola Davis natural hair photo

“There hasn’t been any occasion that I felt brave enough to do it. … I feel very powerful, I really do. I feel more powerful every day, more secure in who I am, and I’ve waited so long for that … It feels so divine.” 

– Viola Davis at the Essence Black Women In Hollywood event last week (left), where she rocked her natural hair, looked great and felt powerful doing it!  I’m psyched that she felt brave enough to go natural at the Oscars (right), too. [Essence]

Viola Davis Addresses Black Actresses, Racism In “The Help”

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“The black artist cannot live in a revisionist place. The black artist can only tell the truth about humanity, and humanity is messy. People are messy. Caucasian actors know that. … We as African-American artists are more concerned with image and message and not execution, which is why every time you see your images they’ve been watered down to the point where they are not realistic at all. My whole thing is, do I always have be noble? As an artist, you’ve got to see the mess.”

– Actress Viola Davis responds to journalist Tavis Smiley regarding their roles in “The Help,” which has been criticized for being a “Hooray, White People Solved Racism” movie. Smiley told his guests, Viola and Octavia Spencer, that “I want you to win [an Oscar], but I’m ambivalent about what you’re winning for.” Whether you agree with Viola’s reply or not, it was earnest and, in my opinion, a refreshing response to the litany of complaints about “The Help” that have dogged it since the film came out. She’s probably sick of people saying this to her face and knowing people are saying it behind her back, too. [New York Times via YouTube]

Viola Davis Looks To The Oscars, I Mean, The Heavens

Oscar Bait?
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Well, it’s pretty clear The Los Angeles Times magazine thinks it’s got the Best Actress thing on lock. And no wonder — look how amazing “The Help”‘s Viola Davis looks on the cover of their magazine. Inside, Davis elucidates the key to her acting skill — a tip gleaned from playwright David Mamet: “If you’re looking at an actor onstage with a cat, who are you going to look at, the actor or the cat? The cat, because the cat is just being a cat.” [ONTD]

The Good, The Bad & The Totally Amazing: The NY Film Critics Circle Awards

Last night, Angelina Jolie, Jessica Chastain and Viola Davis turned out for the 2011 New York Film Critics Circle Awards, the start of this year’s official “self-congratulatory awards season.” While Angie looked typically gothic gorgeous in black and white, and Chastain, who co-starred with Brad Pitt in “Tree of Life” missed the mark in a strange, shimmery opalescent dress that did nothing for her fair skin and red hair. The real sartorial star of the evening was Viola Davis, whose choppy bangs and one-shoulder pink cocktail dress really shone. [Getty Images]

“The Help” Trailer Is Out!


The Help by Kathryn Stockett was one of my favorite books of 2010 — and millions of other readers agree. This summer, “The Help” hits the big screen, starring Emma Stone as Skeeter, a white recent college graduate writing for the local newspaper in her Mississippi town, and Viola Davis (“Doubt”) as Aibileen, a black maid who works for one of Skeeter’s friends. Skeeter comes home from college to find all the friends she grew up with are married with children and employers to black “help,” who are second-class citizens in 1960′s Jackson, Mississippi. The story follows Skeeter as she interviews Aibileen and other black maids for a secret book project that exposes the ugly day-to-day racism in Jackson’s domestic life to the rest of the world. While I was originally unconvinced that teen sex comedy queen Emma Stone was the right casting for the role of Skeeter, judging by the trailer for “The Help,” she carries it off with just the right amount of sass and spunk. [AOL via ONTD] Keep reading »

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