Viola Davis' Emotional 'BWIH' Acceptance Speech

When it came time for Viola Davis to accept her award at this year's ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon, the Academy Award-nominated actress didn't hold back. Her speech about Black women overcoming adversity and Black actresses striving to work, despite a real lack of roles for them in Hollywood, was honest and inspiring — and we had to share it with you in its entirety...

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When it came time for Viola Davis to accept her award at this year's ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon, the Academy Award-nominated actress didn't hold back. Her speech about Black women overcoming adversity and Black actresses striving to work, despite a real lack of roles for them in Hollywood, was honest and inspiring — and we had to share it with you in its entirety...


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