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Viola Davis Says Black Actresses are in 'Crisis Mode' [Video]

This weekend, Oprah brings together the black Hollywood elite to talk about what it really means to be an African American woman in the entertainment industry. Viola Davis, who's garnered a successful career in both film and the stage, will join Being Mary Jane's Gabrielle Union, Alfre Woodard and Phylicia Rashad on 'Next Chapter' to talk about her struggle, despite her many accomplishments.

"We're in crisis mode as black actresses. [It's] not only in the sheer number of roles that are offered and that are out there, but the quality of the roles. The quality -- and therein lies the problem," she explains in the video preview (below).

She goes on to explain the dog eat dog world black actresses face compared to their white counterparts, noting that "if you throw a piece of cheese in a room full of rats, they're going to claw at each other."

"...If you take a Caucasian actress, you have the one who are the teens, in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s -- they're all different. There are roles for each of them. But you only have two or three categories for black actresses."

Watch Oprah's Next Chapter when it airs tomorrow night at 9pm EST on the OWN Network.

 

 

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Not only is female empowerment being highlighted across industries in the United States. Through their docu-series Inspire The Night, Red Bull Music is highlighting the NÜSHÙ Workshop, a female music collective hailing from Shanghai. The collective was founded by Lhaga Koondhor, Daliah Spiegel, and Amber Axilla.

In episode three of the series, Shanghai-based NÜSHÙ artist Lin Jirui is highlighted. Jirui, a DJ who mixes techno, gabber and grime in her sets, discusses the importance of music in her life, especially growing up in a strict household where she was often told by her mother "don't be too different."

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“[NÜSHÙ Workshop] is not about becoming the next great DJ, it’s a safe place to discover something. There is so much love and passion…,” says co-founder Koondhor in the episode. “It’s a space where friendship is growing.”

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Ava DuVernay And Theaster Gates To Lead Diversity Council For Prada

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Gates and DuVernay, who have used their art in social justice missions will join " Prada’s initiative to elevate voices of color within the company and the fashion industry at-large.” The pair will also help the brand provide the opportunity for designers of color to obtain internships and apprenticeships that are inclusive of diverse communities.

In a statement to WWD, Miuccia Prada, Prada’s Chief Executive Officer, and Lead Creative Director stated explained the brand's willingness to learn from their own mistakes while actively including creative of color in the company.

“Prada is committed to cultivating, recruiting and retaining diverse talent to contribute to all departments of the company, Prada said. "In addition to amplifying voices of color within the industry, we will help ensure that the fashion world is reflective of the world in which we live, and we are thrilled to be working with long-time collaborators, Ava DuVernay and Theaster Gates, on this important initiative. We look forward to working with the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council to help us grow not only as a company but also as individuals.”

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Solitary Alignment: 5 Self-Affirming Reads For Single Ladies On Valentine’s Day

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But as a wise woman once said, “If they liked it then they should’ve put a ring on it.” So whether V-Day has you scared of lonely or sulking over a lost love, as another wise woman once said, they “would be SUPER lucky to even set eyes on you this Valentine’s Day. That’s it. That’s the gift.” Shout out to The Slumflower.

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