• Clodagh Meaney

Viola Davis opens up about protesting for Black Lives Matter along with her famous neighbours

The actor is the cover star on this month's Vanity Fair.


Viola Davis has opened up about protesting for Black Lives Matter alongside her famous neighbours, Yvette Nicole Brown and Octavia Spencer.

The 55-year-old actor starred on the cover of this month's Vanity Fair, where she discussed the most important civil rights movement of our time.


Davis initially called her neighbour and friend, actor Octavia Spencer to let her know she was planning on attending a Black Lives Matter protest.


Octavia talked her out of attending as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic took hold of America.


The pair cried as they felt it was their civil rights movement, but were also aware of systemic health care inequality, and COVID's higher mortality rate for Black Americans.


Then they had an idea to hold a neighbourhood demonstration with friends and family.


“We said we’d just be out there for a few minutes, and it ended up being hours, hours," said Davis.

Yvette Nicole Brown and Octavia Spencer

They had come together with her husband Julius Tennon, fellow actor and neighbour Yvette Nicole Brown and a few others.


“[It was] almost like a big dam bursting open," she said.


“We got a lot of beeps, we got a few fingers.”


“But this was the first time the fingers did not bother me," she said.


The group wore masks and held signs, with Viola's reading simply "Ahmaud Arbery," in remembrance of the 25-year-old who was shot dead by two white men while out for a run.


“I feel like my entire life has been a protest," Viola explained.


"My production company is my protest. Me not wearing a wig at the Oscars in 2012 was my protest. "


"It is a part of my voice, just like introducing myself to you and saying, ‘Hello, my name is Viola Davis.’”

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