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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