Things That Gave Us Life: "Dr. Viola Davis" Edition
Words: mater mea
Our weekly roundup of the best things that happened online and IRL.
We may be a little late on hearing about this, but actress Viola Davis received a honorary doctorate from Juilliard, her alma mater, in May. After recently learning about her impoverished childhood and struggle to be recognized for her talents in Hollywood, the news of her doctorate—albeit late—just made us that much happier for the actress' recent spate of success.
Davis has a lot to celebrate these days. The two-time Oscar nominee landed a career-defining role as criminal law professor and defense attorney Annalise Keating in ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder." (its premiere outranked the 2005 debut of "Grey's Anatomy," according to Variety.) Those 14 million viewers now know what she's tried to prove for years: Viola Davis is a force to be reckoned with.
We have interviewed more than 40 women about their paths to motherhood and career, and each woman's story resonates with us and our readers for different reasons. When we posted this quote from poet and activist Staceyann Chin's frank discussion on her choice to become a mother without a partner, it reverberated around the Internet, sparking discussion on a number of Facebook pages and Twitter accounts:
“Generally speaking Americans don’t feel like single women should have children. They feel like we should find someone and have the child and ape as much as we can the heteronormative nuclear family. When one person decides ‘I’m going to get up and use my own womb to get pregnant with my own kid and push it out of my own vagina,’ people start having problems.”
- Love the colorful portraits artist Awol Erizku took of Afropunk concert attendees with natural hair.
- “I’m so excited to join such a wonderful home for my first child, my business.” Carol's Daughter founder Lisa Price on selling her trailblazing natural hair care line to L'Oreal USA.
- A barber shares how his homophobia melted away upon learning that his then 16-year-old son was gay in an essay on Ozy. "I was one of the most homophobic men I knew," he writes. "But within seconds, I transformed from a shallow, emotionally impotent human being to a father of a gay son."
- Ooooh! So that's why every newborn baby is wrapped in the same blanket!
- Yes, to the great bosslady photos that accompanied our Q&A with celebrity stylist turned store owner Khalilah Beavers. (And the advice she has for would-be entrepreneurs is pretty on point, too.)
- We love the kids' Halloween costumes on Oh Happy Day, Jordan Ferney's DIY-friendly blog. This Steve Urkel costume is just too cute. (Take a look to she how she's turned kids into Anna Wintour and Andre Leon Talley, Andy Warhol and Frida Kahlo, and a snail.)