I just found another fantastic black blog called Make It Plain, thanks to the Afrospear! Anyway as I was scrolling through some of the posts there, one in particular caught my eye: Viva Viola! What a fantastic actress! I unfortunately have not seen everything she has done, but I intend to. The post showcased an interview by Charlie Rose of both Actress Viola Davis and Director Kenny Leon as they conversed about the Broadway play “Fences” by the late great August Wilson. If there is any black woman who embodies beauty, brains, heart, moxie, and unending talent, then Viola Davis is that woman!!! She’s Phenomenal, and it can’t be denied!
She talks about the beauty of the black woman, the beauty of the black marriage, the beauty of black relationships — father to child, mother to child, husband to wife, friends to friends! She brings to life with Denzel, the strength, depth and triumph of a black relationship that survives and even thrives with the weight of racism on its back! This woman is acting out my life!!!! Watch at about the 15:30 or so, when Denzel’s character declares how much he “loves this woman”, and how Viola’s character soaks it up! It’s priceless!
This woman truly DOES August Wilson’s play. Just the few snippets that are shown excites me! I haven’t seen a play in 30 years–Annie was the first and last! I would love to see Viola Davis on stage! But for now I will be satisfied with renting her movies, and truly studying this beautiful black woman working her magic in her craft! I’ll watch some Denzel movies too, by the way!