What a inspiring speech!

On the way into ELLE’s Women in Hollywood awards in LA on Monday, a reporter asked Viola Davis what sets her apart from everybody else in the room: “Well… I’m black,” she said.  The moment led to an impassioned speech later in the evening, when she was honored for her talent.



delivers her speech at ELLE’s Women in Hollywood event.

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The actress perfectly blended humor and harsh realities in her off-the-cuff acceptance speech, starting with her humble beginnings as a little girl with a big imagination—including a tea party set made of air—but quickly moved on to make an appeal to industry powerhouses in the audience to open the playing field.  Her words, which, by the way, were impromptu, were met with a standing ovation led by Chelsea Handler.


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Author: ROJA HEYDARPOUR  for Fashion