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Finding Me: An Oprah's Book Club Pick

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I do not consume either on a large scale so I was unaware of the lack of respect for those that often did theater. She goes into her life as a young girl and the demons she had to face while living in poverty, abuse and racism. Biography: Viola Davis is an internationally acclaimed actress and producer, known for her exceptional performances in television shows such as How to Get Away with Murder and movies such as Fences and The Help. There was also conversation about the treatment of theater versus film which I found to be extremely intriguing.

I know much of these facts - our 40 year old daughter is a steady working actor in Hollywood since childhood]…. Vee, what a beautiful story, I’m now headed to Malik’s Books for the hardcopy cause my shelf NEEDS this beautiful book!There are conversations related to misogyny, racism, and colorism; things that I knew existed in Hollywood, but were still heartbreaking to hear via Davis' experiences. Paul listened to ‘parts’ - but not all of this book —-(he and I had several conversations—but he missed a lot of poignant parts)…. The older children were raised by their grandparents until Mae Alice could no longer stand to hear stories of them being beaten in school, and sent for them to come to Rhode Island. Overall, Viola is such a strong woman, but she also shares her struggles and vulnerabilities, and how she made it to this point of stability, peace and understanding.

The term Jim Crow originated from a minstrel show in 1828 which was projecting African Americans negatively. In addition to being a story about Viola's personal journey, this memoir can serve as a primer for aspiring actors, because it provides information about what to expect and how to maneuver in show business. This is the path I took to finding my purpose and my strength, but also to finding my voice in a world that didn't always see me. She doesn’t hold back any details and reading about all the rats she lived with and the abuse she witnessed and experienced felt heartbreaking. Davis recounts the successes and heartbreaks of her early career in intimate detail, including a life-changing trip to Africa while at Julliard herself and her craft.I have loved this actress for a long time based solely on her skills as an actress, but now I am doubly impressed. Additionally, Rhode Island College was less than one percent 'other' when Viola attended, other being Hispanic, Asian, Black, and Middle Eastern.

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