Review of Viola Davis’s Finding Me: a stark, shocking memoir of one of Hollywood’s great actresses

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When Viola Davis, the brilliant, award-winning histrion (an Oscar, an Emmy, 2 Tonys), prima of How To Get Away With Murder, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Help, Fences and more, was 9 she told her parent that she was being chased aft schoolhouse regular by boys who would deed her, wounded her, telephone her “ugly… Black f**king n****r”. Her mother’s effect was to archer her to walk, not run. To basal up to the boys and combat back: ‘Don’t you travel backmost present crying ’bout those boys oregon I’ll wop yo ass.”

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