Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis is set to release Finding Me, his memoirs, next spring.
The book, which hits store shelves on April 19, 2022, will trace Davis’s rise out of poverty in Rhode Island and his rise to become one of the most acclaimed actors in the world.
“I believe that our stories and the value of sharing them is the most powerful empathy tool we have,” he said in a statement. “This is my story … direct, not pursuer.”
Acclaimed actress Viola Davis attends the 93rd Annual Academy Awards at Union Station in April in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello-Pool /.)
Finding Me will be launched in association with Ebony Magazine Publishing through HarperOne, a publisher of HarperCollins Publishers.
“Viola Davis is a powerful truth teller, through her work on stage and screen, as well as in her life.” Judith CurrSaid the president and publisher of HarperOne in a statement. “I am looking forward to working with her on a book that forcefully reveals the risk and danger to a black woman living to the fullest of her talents and gifts, and the reward and freedom that come with it.”
Davis, 55, won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2016 for her role in the film adaptation of August Wilson’s acclaimed play Fences. She was also nominated in 2020 for Best Actress for her role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
Earlier this year, Davis appeared on the Variety awards circuit podcast, where she commented on Hollywood’s treatment of black actors.
Viola Davis in “Ma Rainey’s Black Background.”
“It is so difficult to make films that do not fit into a certain box of how they see us. Inclusiveness cannot be a hashtag, ”he said.
“You have to write roles for people of color that are culturally specific, that’s as thought out as the roles of our white counterparts, to get to the point of excellence, so that we can be considered for awards,” Davis said. . “But a long time with inclusion, it’s a second thought. We are the leftovers.
The screen and stage star is no stranger to awards, having also earned an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a 2015 Drama Series for How to Get Away with Murder and two Tony Awards – a trophy for Best Leading Actress. in a play for the 2010 stage version of Fences and another, nine years earlier, for Best Supporting Actress in a Play after wowing audiences in King Hedley II.
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