A movie about Viola Davis because her life deserves to be known
“The only picture I have of my childhood is the picture of me in kindergarten, I have this expression on my face — it’s not a smile, it’s not a frown. I swear to you, that’s the girl who wakes up in the morning and who looks around her house and her life saying, ‘I cannot believe how God has blessed me.’ “
“I would jump in trash bins with maggots looking for food, and I would steal from the corner store because I was hungry, I never had any kids come to my house because my house was a condemned building, it was boarded up, it was infested with rats. I was one of those kids who were poor and knew it.”
“I was the kind of poor where I knew right away I had less than everyone around me. We had nothing, I cannot believe my life, I just can’t, I’m so blessed. I would jump in trash bins with maggots looking for food, and I would steal from the corner store because I was hungry, I never had any kids come to my house because my house was a condemned building, it was boarded up, it was infested with rats. I was one of those kids who were poor and knew it.”
“It became a motivation as opposed to something else — the thing about poverty is that it starts affecting your mind and your spirit because people don’t see you, I chose from a very young age that I didn’t want that for my life. And it very much has helped me appreciate and value the things that are in my life now because I never had it. A yard, a house, great plumbing, a full refrigerator, things that people take for granted, I don’t.”
“I first envisioned myself as an actor after I watched Cicely Tyson in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman when I was a child.”
“It wasn’t until then that I had a visual manifestation of the target I wanted to hit, It also gave me hope for the future and a different life for myself, she helped me have a very specific drive of how I was going to crawl, walk, run from that environment.”
“I became an artist, and thank God I did, because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life,”
When I first started out, I said, “I want to be a serious actress. Like Cicely Tyson in ‘Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman’. It’s not about awards, I don’t want none of that, I want people to throw roses at me on stage.” And then I look back at my high school photo, and my ambition underneath, and what does it say? It says, “I just want to be rich and famous.”
A few Black actresses from 1900s-1980s. Some have shaken the foundation of Old Hollywood, and others have carved out a place in contemporary films.
“I never felt the chance to rise above the role of a maid in Hollywood movies. My color was against me. The fact that I was not ‘hot’ stamped me as either an uppity 'Negress’ or relegated me to the eternal role of stooge or servant. I can sing but so can hundreds of other girls. My ambitions are to be an actress. Hollywood had no parts for me.” Theresa Harris +
“You cannot leave this show! Do you not understand what you are doing?! You are the first non-stereotypical role in television! Of intelligence, and of a woman and a woman of color?! That you are playing a role that is not about your color! That this role could be played by anyone? This is not a black role. This is not a female role! A blue eyed blond or a pointed ear green person could take this role!”. MLK to Nichelle Nichols, who was planning on leaving Star Trek +
“I have never tried to pass for white and never had any desire. I am proud of my race. In Imitation of Life. I was showing how a girl might feel under the circumstances but I am not showing how I felt. I was slightly uncomfortable while making the scene where I stood before the mirror asking, “Am I not white?” No person who strives to be the least bit intelligent should allow a thing like color, something for which none of us is responsible, to mar his life or influence his judgment.” Fredi Washington +
Underground, the television drama about runaway slaves on a quest for freedom in 1857, wasted no time in showing audiences that their preconceived notions about Harriet Tubman were all wrong.
For years, on-screen portrayals of the civil rights hero have been relegated to educational cartoons for kids and sanitized TV movies that portray her as “juvenile and one-dimensional,” writes Kate Clifford Lawson, the author of Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman — Portrait of an American Hero, at Entertainment Weekly.
Think Cicely Tyson’s 1978 portrayal of the famed abolitionist in A Woman Called Moses, where Tubman spends half her time on screen in tears, praying for strength as she shuffles behind white abolitionists.
But Underground, which debuted its second season on WGN Wednesday night, turns that portrayal of female revolutionaries like Tubman upside down. Read more (3/9/17 3:55 PM)
Dried thyme sprinkled on doorsteps and windowsills will invite in faeries
Wearing thyme may enable you to see faeries
Seven grains of wheat laid on a four leaf clover may enable you to see faeries
Where oak, ash and thorn grow, faeries can be easily seen
Lilac flowers will draw sprites, and repel those that are ill-willed
Eating a primrose flower is said to give you faerie sight
Collecting 5 primroses and tapping them on a faerie rock may open a portal to fairyland
Place primroses on your door to receive a faerie blessing
Carrying a sprig of lavender may help you see faeries
Fresh flowers bring faeries. Keep house plants in your living space to invite in the faeries of those flowers.
Faeries are attracted to those with childlike hearts and minds
Carry with you a sprig of any flower or herb who’s faerie you wish to be close to
Place the sprig under your pillow to receive a dream from that faery
Bringing an acorn into your house will strengthen your connection to the faerie realm
Meditating on the appearance of the marigold flower may enhance your faerie sight
Grow a garden with flowers associated with the fae
Add faerie or gnome statutes to your garden; they find this amusing
Have a specific space in your home (a shelf, windowsill, table, etc) for the faeries to “live in”, and a spot to leave gifts for them (mine is in the garden)
Let a portion of your garden grow wild
Wind chimes hung in a window attract sprites
Faeries love music and dancing. Dance in nature with them, or sing / play a song for them
Create art for them, and draw the faeries you meet.
An often used method of seeing faeries is letting your eyes go out of focus and pay attention to the corners of your vision.
Crushed clover rubbed on eyelids may give one faerie sight
Give back to the earth, for what you take. Pick up trash you find in nature, try to use less plastics, don’t waste food, compost your fruits/vegatables/herbs for rich soil.
The best times to see faeries are dawn, dusk and midnight (the in-between times)
Hang glass, crystals, and beads in your window for the sun to shine through; faeries like glittery & sparkly things.
Wearing a crown of elder twigs on may eve will enable you to see faeries
Go out and just sit in nature, simply enjoying it. You can also practice sensing sprites
While it is dangerous to enter a faerie ring, running around it exactly nine times clockwise under a full moon will allow you to see and hear the faeries dancing inside it (note though, the faeries may take offense if this done on Beltane or Samhain)
Heather is said to open portals to fairyland
Looking through a stone with a natural hole, a hagstone, is said to allow one faerie sight
Add a sigil on your door or window meaning “good faeries welcome”
Leave out a small saucer of milk for any household faeries
Try sitting in your garden in the early morning, late afternoon, evening, night
Look up artists who specialise in faeries and observe their different interpretations of the fae (Brian Froud, Amy Brown, Sulamith Wülfing, Cicely Mary Baker, Howard David Johnson, Nadia Strelkina, etc)
Read real life accounts of people’s encounters with faeries
Read traditional fairie lore
Believe. Faeries most likely won’t interact or make themselves known to closed minds