Finding Me: An Oprah's Book Club Pick

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Finding Me: An Oprah's Book Club Pick

Finding Me: An Oprah's Book Club Pick

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Overall, this was a beautiful, heart-wrenching book and I'm so glad that Viola Davis felt comfortable enough to share her story: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Thus the Davis children reeked of urine, to the point where Viola's teacher whispered in her ear one day, "You need to tell your mother to get some soap and wash you! I love how she explained what Shonda Rhimes did for her in creating HTGAWM role for her and the healing that came from that. If there is anything that I learned from each of these moments, it's that you can never tell what someone has been through by just looking at them.

I liked her realness about so many elements of her life, including the awful colorism she faced as a dark-skinned Black woman, the difficulty of making a living as an actress, and what it felt like for her to witness her abusive father change into a genuinely kind person over time. She wants you to understand that even winning this fight is not enough, because what matters most is coming to terms with all you’ve been through to experience true freedom.As I wrote Finding Me, my eyes were open to the truth of how our stories are often not given close examination. I can say so much about how our life events sorta overlap but this is her story so I will leave it there. One of the many takeaways for me is the understanding of just how hard it is for actors to “make it”. Can we all exude a bit more kindness and compassion and freaking assistance when someone is struggling?

I see people—the way they walk, talk, laugh, and grieve, and their silence—in a way that is hyperfocused because of my past. For a year after graduating from Rhode Island College, Viola participated in various theater programs and did miscellaneous odd jobs to support herself.Viola is vulnerable and honest and I have a deep appreciation for not just the excellent actress she is, but the person she is — Someone who overcame so much, who will shed labels and be true to herself.

There are conversations related to misogyny, racism, and colorism; things that I knew existed in Hollywood, but were still heartbreaking to hear via Davis' experiences. Overall, recommended to those who are interested in memoirs about difficult families, the lives of those who work in the arts, or Viola Davis fans! Viola had me ‘hanging-by-a-tread’ when she took a 4 hour train ride — to audition - to get into Juilliard ….

Viola prayed to meet a good man, and finally, on the set of 'City of Angels', she met Julius Tennon, whom she later married. Viola reading it to me (go with the audio, please, please) was an incredibly personal and intimate feeling. The racial segregation and black codes caused by these laws made it difficult for African Americans to access public transportation, schools, cast votes, and even gain economic independence.

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