Viola Davis urges crowd at CU Boulder to ask what they’re doing ‘to make life better’

Viola Davis stepped on stage at Macky Auditorium at the University of Colorado Boulder on Thursday evening to thunderous, earsplitting applause.

It’s something she’s wanted since she was a small child, but it’s not without its pitfalls.

“When you are a kid, you dream of that applause,” Davis said. “When you get older, you’re like you’ve got to live up to it.”

Davis has won Emmy and Tony Awards and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in “Fences” and is the most Academy Award-nominated black woman in history. She also stars on the television show “How to Get Away With Murder,” and appeared at CU Boulder on Thursday night at an event co-hosted by the student-run Cultural Events Board and Distinguished Speakers Board.

She answered questions about working in Hollywood as a black woman and her roles on “How to Get Away with Murder” and “The Help,” for which she was nominated for one of her three Academy Awards.

Previous speakers hosted by the organizations have included CNN journalist Anderson Cooper and actor Laverne Cox.

Davis talked about her childhood in Rhode Island where she grew up as she called it “po,” a “rung below poor.”

“The thing about being poor is you are invisible,” Davis said. “When you are poor you have nothing.”

Davis said she considers herself a hero in the Joseph Campbell sense of the word, because a hero is someone who doesn’t fit in. She said she found that in acting, which she was inspired to pursue after the watching the 1974 television movie “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” starring Cicely Tyson.

She added that her older sister, Diane, who she did not meet for several years, because her sister lived with their grandmother in South Carolina, also pressed her to find a dream upon coming to Rhode Island and seeing their low-rent housing.

“She looked around the apartment and said ‘What do you want to be?” Davis said “I said ‘I don’t know.’ She said ‘If you don’t want to be poor like this, you have to know what you want to be.'”

Davis said we are living in an age of anxiety and encouraged the near-capacity crowd at the 2,040-seat auditorium to counter that by finding ways to be a positive force.

“We live in a really broken world,” she said. “There’s a lot of fabulous things going on out there, but there is also a lot of crap.

She added that most of the people in the audience were likely “at the beginning of your race.”

“You have to ask yourself this question: Is there anything you are doing to make life better?”

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Viola At University of Colorado Boulder

On Thursday Viola gave a speech at the University of Colorado Boulder. I was able to find two pics from her speech.

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Viola Davis Online > 2019 > April 4 | Speech at University of Colorado Boulder

Actress and activist Viola Davis named Barnard’s Commencement speaker

The Columbia Spectator shared the news that Viola will be the commencement speaker at Barnard College at Columbia University.

Acclaimed actor, activist, and humanitarian Viola Davis, Juilliard ‘93, will deliver the keynote address at Barnard’s 127th Commencement in May, administrators announced in an email to the Barnard community on Monday. Davis will also receive the Barnard Medal of Distinction, the college’s highest honor, at the ceremony.

Davis is the first black actor to have won an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, and a Tony Award in acting, named the Triple Crown of Acting. She has starred in films such as “Fences,” “Suicide Squad,” “The Help,” and “Widows,” and was also the first black actor to win an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, which she received for her work in the television show “How to Get Away with Murder.” Additionally, she is known for activist work, including collaborating with the Hunger Is campaign to help eradicate childhood hunger across America.

In the email, Barnard President Sian Beilock, along with co-interim Deans of the College Alicia Lawrence and Natalie Friedman described the impact of Davis’ career.

“In both her work and her life, she has been a fearless voice for women, women of color, and all who deserve to be seen and heard,” they wrote.

Other medalists at Barnard’s Commencement this year include pioneering civil rights attorney and fair housing advocate Shirley Adelson Siegel, BC ’37; Vice President for Content and Character Development at Marvel Comics and creator of the first Muslim superhero Sana Amanat, BC ’04; and internationally recognized poet, playwright, essayist, and memoirist Cherríe Moraga.

Each will be awarded a Barnard Medal of Distinction, the college’s highest honor.

Commencement will take place on Monday, May 20 at 4 p.m., at Radio City Music Hall.

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Viola Davis to Return as Amanda Waller in James Gunn’s ‘The Suicide Squad’

Exciting news! Thank you to The Wrap for sharing!

Oscar, Tony, and Emmy winner Viola Davis will return as Amanda Waller in James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad,” an individual with knowledge of the project exclusively told TheWrap.

The sequel to 2016’s “Suicide Squad” will hit theaters on Aug. 6, 2021. Peter Safran and Charles Roven are producing.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” director Gunn was brought on board to helm the project. He also wrote the script and will have a completely new take on the property, in which DC supervillains are recruited by the government to carry out secret missions too dirty for the likes of Superman and Batman.

“Suicide Squad” was directed and written by David Ayer and starred Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jared Leto, Ezra Miller, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Cara Delevingne and Joel Kinnaman.

It grossed $325 million domestically and almost $750 million worldwide, although it was mostly panned by critics.

Davis previously told Nerd Report that she is”fascinated by the character,” who serves the DC Universe in a similar capacity as Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Waller is described as “a former congressional aide and government agent who is often placed in charge of the Suicide Squad, a semi-secret government-run group of former super villains working in return for amnesty.”

Davis currently headlines the ABC hit “How to Get Away With Murder” and starred in “The Help,” “Fences,” and 2018’s “Widows.”

Davis is repped by CAA, Lasher Group and Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman Inc.

More Stills from How To Get Away With Murder Season Five

I have come across some more stills from this last season of How To Get Away With Murder.


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Viola Davis Online > How to Get Away with Murder {2014-Present} > Season Five > Episode Stills

Viola Goes Skydiving

This is so fun! Love how excited she was!

NAACP Image Awards

Recently Viola attended the NAACP Image Awards and looked beautiful in a white pant suit!

Gallery Links:
Viola Davis Online > 2019 > March 30 | NAACP Image Awards – Ceremony
Viola Davis Online > 2019 > March 30 | NAACP Image Awards – Backstage

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