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...

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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