Black History Month – Celebrating Black Women

Posted: February 2, 2015 in Black History Month, Food For Thought
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Celebrating Black History

Honoring Contemporary Black Women 

BHM_D2 ACTORS

Kerry Washington

Kerry M. Washington 

Kerry Marisa Washington (born January 31, 1977) is an American actress. Since 2012, Washington has starred in the ABC drama Scandal, a Shonda Rhimes series in which Washington plays Olivia Pope, a crisis management expert to the President of the United States. In 2013, she gained wide public recognition for her role and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television series.

Washington was born in The Bronx, New York City, the daughter of Valerie, a professor and educational consultant, and Earl Washington, a real estate broker.Her father’s family is African American, from South Carolina and Brooklyn, and her mother’s family is Jamaican American, from Manhattan; Washington has said that her mother is from a “mixed-race background but from Jamaica, so she is partly English and Scottish and Native American, but also descended from African slaves in the Caribbean”. She is related to former secretary of state Colin Powell through her mother.

Washington performed with the TADA! Youth Theater teen group and attended the Spence School in Manhattan, graduating in 1994. She attended George Washington University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1998 with a double major in anthropology and sociology. She also studied at Michael Howard Studios in New York City.

Washington is also known for her roles as Ray Charles’ wife, Della Bea Robinson, in the film Ray (2004), as Idi Amin’s wife Kay in The Last King of Scotland (2006), as Alicia Masters, love interest of Ben Grimm/The Thing in the live-action Fantastic Four films of 2005 and 2007, and as Broomhilda von Schaft, Django’s wife, in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained (2012). She has also starred in the critically acclaimed independent films Our Song (2000), The Dead Girl (2006), Mother and Child (2009) and Night Catches Us (2010).

In April 2014, Time magazine included Washington in its annual TIME 100 as one of the “Most Influential People in the World.”

Below are two of great videos.

 

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Lupita Nyongo 

Lupita Amondi Nyong’o (born March 1, 1983) is a Mexican-Kenyan actress and film director. She was born in Mexico, but was raised in Kenya. She attended college in the United States, graduating from Hampshire College with a bachelor’s degree in film and theater studies.

Nyong’o started in the film industry as a production assistant on several Hollywood films. In 2008 she made her acting debut with the short film East River and subsequently returned to Kenya to star in the television series Shuga (2009). In 2009, she wrote, produced and directed the documentary film In My Genes.

Nyong’o later completed a master’s degree in acting in 2012 from the Yale School of Drama. She had her first feature film role in Steve McQueen’s historical drama 12 Years a Slave (2013). She earned the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, among numerous other awards and nominations. Nyong’o is the first Kenyan and first Mexican actress to win an Academy Award. In 2014, she was named “The Most Beautiful Woman” by People and “Woman of the Year” by Glamour.

In December 2014, Lupita Nyong’o was appointed by the Togolese magazine Africa Top Success for “African of the Year”. The actress competes against five opponents, namely Isabel dos Santos, Angélique Kidjo, Daphne Mashile-Nkosi, Fatou Bensouda and Koki Mutungi.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73fz_uK-vhs

 

Viola Davis

Viola Davis 

Viola Davis (born August 11, 1965) is an American actress. Beginning her career on the stage, Davis won a Tony and a Drama Desk Award for her role in August Wilson’s King Hedley II (2001). She won a second Drama Desk Award for Intimate Apparel (2004), followed by a second Tony and a third Drama Desk Award for her role in Fences (2010).

Davis was born on her grandmother’s farm, on the former Singleton Plantation, in St. Matthews, South Carolina.[4] She is the second youngest of six children. Her father, Dan Davis, was a horse trainer; her mother, Mary Alice, was a maid, factory worker, and homemaker, as well as a civil rights activist.Her family moved to Central Falls, Rhode Island a few months after she was born.Davis has described herself as having “lived in abject poverty and dysfunction” during her childhood.

Davis partially credits her love of stage acting with her involvement in the arts at her alma mater, Central Falls High School.Davis majored in theatre at Rhode Island College, graduating in 1988; in 2002 she received an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts from the college. She was involved in the federal TRIO Upward Bound and TRIO Student Support Services programs. While Davis was a teenager, her talent was recognized by Bernard Masterson when, as director of Young People’s School for the Performing Arts in West Warwick, Rhode Island, he awarded Davis a scholarship into that program.

She also attended the Juilliard School for four years,as a member of the Drama Division’s Group 22 (1989–1993).

Davis has played supporting roles in several films, including Traffic (2000), Solaris (2002), Knight and Day (2010) and Ender’s Game (2013). Her eleven-minute-long performance in Doubt (2008), and adaptation of John Patrick Shanley’s play earned her several honors, including an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture nomination. Her leading role in the film The Help (2010) garnered her nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress nomination and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama, among others. Beginning in 2014, Davis’ leading role in the television series How to Get Away with Murder also drew major praise. In 2012, she was listed by Time as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

 

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Tracee E. Ross 

Tracee Ellis Ross (born October 29, 1972) is an American actress, model, comedian, producer and television host.

The daughter of singer/actress Diana Ross, Ross began her career acting in independent films, variety series and hosted the pop-culture magazine The Dish on Lifetime. She is best known for her lead role as Joan Clayton on the UPN/CW comedy series, Girlfriends. She starred in the show from 2000 to 2008. She starred in the 2007 comedy-drama film Daddy’s Little Girls, and in 2011 had a leading role as Dr. Carla Reed on the BET sitcom Reed Between the Lines. In 2014, Ross began starring as Dr. Rainbow Johnson in the ABC comedy series, Black-ish.

Born Tracee Joy Silberstein in Los Angeles, California, she is the daughter of Motown singer/actress Diana Ross and music business manager Robert Ellis Silberstein. Actor and musician Evan Ross is her half-brother.

Her father is Jewish and her mother is African-American. Ross attended New Walden Lincoln in Manhattan and the Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland. She was a model in her teens. She attended Brown University where she appeared in plays, and graduated in 1994 with a theatre degree. She later worked in the fashion industry, as a model and contributing fashion editor to Mirabella and New York magazine

Whoopie Gohlberg 

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Whoopi Goldberg, born Caryn Elaine Johnson; November 13, 1955  is an American comedienne, actress, political activist, writer and television host. Although Goldberg made her film debut in the avant-garde ensemble film Citizen: I’m Not Losing My Mind, I’m Giving It Away (1982), her breakthrough role was playing Celie, a mistreated black woman in the Deep South in the period drama film The Color Purple (1985). For her performance, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

She played Oda Mae Brown – a wacky psychic helping a slain man (Patrick Swayze) save his lover (Demi Moore) – in the romantic fantasy film Ghost (1990), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Goldberg was the second black woman in the history of the Academy Awards to win an acting Oscar (the first being Hattie McDaniel, who won for Gone with the Wind in 1939). She was co-producer of the television game show Hollywood Squares from 1998 to 2004. She has been the moderator of the daytime television talk show The View since 2007. Goldberg has been nominated for 13 Emmy Awards for her work in television. She is one of the few entertainers who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award. In the 1990s, Goldberg was rumored to be the highest paid actress for her appearances in film.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9kDwdxVlEw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6m9O5K9BRdI

 

 

Halle Berry

Halle M. Berry

Halle Maria Berry (born Maria Halle Berry; August 14, 1966) is an American actress and former fashion model. She won an Academy Award for Best Actress in 2002 for her performance in the romantic drama Monster’s Ball (2001), becoming the first and, as of 2014, the only woman of African-American descent to win an Oscar for a leading role. She was one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood during the 2000s and has been involved in the production of several of the films in which she performed. Berry is also a Revlon spokesmodel.

Before becoming an actress, Berry entered several beauty contests, finishing as the 1st runner-up in the Miss USA Pageant and coming in 6th place in the Miss World Pageant in 1986.Her breakthrough film role was in the romantic comedy Boomerang (1992), alongside Eddie Murphy, which led to roles in films such as the comedy The Flintstones (1994), the political comedy-drama Bulworth (1998) and the television film Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999), for which she won the Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, among many other awards. In addition to her Academy Award win, Berry garnered high-profile roles in the 2000s such as Storm in the X-Men film series (beginning in 2000), the action crime thriller Swordfish (2001), and the spy film Die Another Day (2002), where she played Bond Girl Jinx. She then appeared in the X-Men sequels, X2: X-Men United (2003) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). In the 2010s, she appeared in movies such as the science fiction film Cloud Atlas (2012), the crime thriller The Call (2013) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).

Berry has a daughter by model Gabriel Aubry and a son with her current husband, French actor Olivier Martinez.

 

Q. Wallis

Quvenzhané Wallis

Quvenzhané Wallis;born August 28, 2003 is an American actress. She is known for her role as Hushpuppy in the critically acclaimed drama film Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012), for which she became the youngest actress ever to receive a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She is also well-known for starring in the 2014 Annie remake, receiving a Golden Globe nomination for her work in the movie.

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