Tag: Shonda-Rhimes

Steve Phillips Explains to Corporate Executives Why 'Brown is the New White'

Civil rights attorney Steve Phillips, author of the New York Times bestselling book “Brown Is the New White,”told some of the nation’s top thought leaders and corporate executives committed to diversity and inclusion that a “New American Majority” is “transforming all manners of modern society.” Phillips was the keynote speaker…

Viola Davis' Historic Win Advocates for Black Actresses

By Sheryl Estrada Viola Davis at the 67th Annual Emmy Awards. Photo via YouTube. Actress Viola Davis, who was nominated for an Academy Award in 2009, has been candid about the challenges women face in the industry including ageism and scrutiny over body image. For example, a study published in…

Viola Davis, Taraji P. Henson Make Emmy Award Nomination History

By Sheryl Estrada Actresses Viola Davis and Taraji P. Henson. Photos by Shutterstock. Viola Davis and Taraji P. Henson have made history in Hollywood. The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations were announced Thursday, and it is the first time two black actressesearned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in…

Serena Williams, New York Times and Body Image

By Sheryl Estrada Serena Williams is ranked number one in women’s single tennis, winning her sixth Wimbledon championship on Saturday. Sheholds the greatest number of major singles, doubles, and mixed doubles titles combined among active players, female or male. The New York Times, under fire last year for characterizing TV…

Is That Kerry Washington on Cover of InStyle

By Sheryl Estrada Updated on Feb. 5 at 7:17 p.m. ET: InStyle magazine has addressed complaints the March 2015 cover photo of Kerry Washington was edited to lighten her complexion. “While we did not digitally lighten Kerry’s skin tone, our cover lighting has likely contributed to this concern,” InStyle magazine…

Viola Davis Slams Hollywood's Lack of Diversity

By Sheryl Estrada Actress Viola Davis’ acceptance speech at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 25 showed both heartwarming appreciation for her family, and also the bluntness of her character Annalise Keating. After winning the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for her…