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Finding Me: An Oprah's Book Club Pick

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I have loved this actress for a long time based solely on her skills as an actress, but now I am doubly impressed. Never once did I think that she was unpretty or undesirable… but what I will say ISSSS that NO ONE ON THIS PLANET SLINGS SNOT LIKE LADY VIOLA DAVISSSSSS! As I wrote Finding Me, my eyes were open to the truth of how our stories are often not given close examination.

At the age of forty-seven Viola got one of her best known roles, playing Annalise Keating in the television series 'How to Get Away With Murder. I do not consume either on a large scale so I was unaware of the lack of respect for those that often did theater. I’m honored to learn more about one of my heroes and am utterly in awe of her journey that was gorgeously written, honest, and unforgettable. There Viola was named a 'Promising Young Artist' which eventually led to a scholarship to Rhode Island College. In the course of playing Annalise, I understood that I was no longer and never was that ugly Black nigga.I’ve always been drawn to her work, and then to her more personally when I saw her share as part of an informal actress’ round table.

IN MY BOOK, YOU WILL MEET a little girl named Viola who ran from her past until she made a life-changing decision to stop running forever. 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. However, I imagine it’s hard to put together a memoir where your fans are curious about both of these elements of your life. Finding Me is raw and honest, and it feels like you are sitting in a room with Viola, and she is telling you about her life. She is the winner of an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, and two Tony Awards, and in 2021 she won a Screen Actors Guild Award for her role in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.This must be one of the most straightforward and brutally honest memoirs I have had the pleasure of reading.

Full of wisdom, love, and light, listening to Viola narrate her story elevates the experience of this book because she so expertly packs so much emotion into each sentence that was spoken.She wants to connect and communicate to the reader what’s it’s like to come from poverty, to live in fear, to fight for your life. She provides the bleak statistics surrounding the film industry and how few actors and actresses are actually able to make it in this space.

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