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Things That Gave Us Life: "Dr. Viola Davis" Edition



Things That Gave Us Life: "Dr. Viola Davis" Edition

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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. 

J. Quazi King

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.”



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