George Clooney and ‘The Help’ Actress Viola Davis Cover Entertainment Weekly

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Black Like Moi reports:

The Help has garnered both high praise and intense criticism, and the debates surrounding it’s depiction of African-American women during the time of Jim and Jane Crow continue to rage.

Now, during the most successful period of her career,the film’s lead actress, Viola Davis, poised to sweep Best Actress awards throughout the highly anticipated award season. She was previously nominated for an Oscar for her role in Doubt, co-starring Merryl Streep. If that weren’t enough, she is on the cover of the latest Entertainment Weekly with her old friend, the gorgeous,  talented, and perpetually single superstar, George Clooney.

In relaxed and revealing interview, Clooney and Davis sat down with EW for a joint interview, discussing ageism, racism and the movies that they’ve starred in together.

“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.”

Good luck, Viola!




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  1. Why do white people feel that they can tell our story better? If you are going to tell the story of the Black maid……….tell it all ! Did the author have a lapse in memory when writing our story? What about the rapes that occurred in those homes committed by the white husband, brother, uncle, grandfather, and just plain ole’ white family friends? TELL IT ALL…WHEN YOU TELL THE STORY OF MY PEOPLE.

  2. There are so many talented Black actress out here and to have them play degrading roles is insulting….

    You mean to tell me that the only time a Black actress can win a Oscar is to play degrading and insulting roles…?

    What about action, and intelligent roles?

    What about Angela Bassist and other “brown skin” actress getting non-degrading roles and wining an Oscar?

    I saw the preview of “The Help” and pass on even looking at the trailer…it’s insulting and degrading….and I’m sure Viloa Davis needed the money, that’s why she did it!
    It’s not about MONEY it’s about race pride…we have come a long way from being a “MAID” this movie just sat us back 100 years of all we’ve work for!

    It’s not about MONEY it’s about race pride…we have come a long way from being a “MAID”
    Until our Black actress pass on these degrading roles…they’re going to keep getting them…..

    What about a role being the President Wife …..what about THAT role? or being head of a company and it’s struggles and victories ….?

    It’s insulting to me as a Black woman!

  3. I did not know that being a maid was degrading. They were survivors who did the best they could. Although I did not see the movie, I did not think it was just about Black maids. You can’t tell everything in an hour and a half. D. Watkins, everything you described in a whole other movie. You’ve got to chunk it because too much has happened and you can’t tell the whole story such a short period of time.

    Black writers are slowly finding ways to present their work. Oprah’s network may be for mainstream America; but Tyler Perry and Sean Combs are creating their own networks too. Viola Davis said her mother was a domestic, so let’s not insult people’s relatives. Maybe she was telling her mother’s story. Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer said they felt proud because they were not portraying stereotypes. That may be a step up for mainstream. Black history has to be presented in a way they can understand.

    Another point: we just GOT a Black president and the mainstream is still trying to adjust to that. I’m sure many movies will be made about a Black president, but you have to be patient. Complaining without action is a bad habit in the Black community. It’s unproductive and it makes you feel helpless. It’s time for us to be proactive. Black people need to get away from the televion, read more books, write good stories, and produce quality work without waiting for others to do it for them.

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