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Finding Me: The Grammy-winning memoir

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If you are facing many obstacles in your life now and want to read a newly published inspirational book, this book will be a great choice. She wants to connect and communicate to the reader what’s it’s like to come from poverty, to live in fear, to fight for your life. There are conversations related to misogyny, racism, and colorism; things that I knew existed in Hollywood, but were still heartbreaking to hear via Davis' experiences. It’s no accident that Time Magazine named Viola Davis one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

After getting past the early(nightmare) childhood years —-Viola began her career (so damn interesting of even how she got from A to B), in Central Falls, Rhode Island…. Viola is vulnerable and honest and I have a deep appreciation for not just the excellent actress she is, but the person she is — Someone who overcame so much, who will shed labels and be true to herself.But when she saw Cecily Tyson on TV, she was inspired to take up acting, first succeeding in small sketches at school and later earning a college scholarship. Surviving child sexual abuse/incest and coping with systemic racism to become an Oscar winning actress. from the audition process - to attending the damn school as a BLACK women who felt she was being asked to HIDE her BLACKNESS— to fit in.

Payments made using National Book Tokens are processed by National Book Tokens Ltd, and you can read their Terms and Conditions here. My only regret- I have from listening to Viola read ‘this/her’ memoir so brilliantly—is that I wish I had been part of a small book group -having ongoing discussions—chapter by chapter. Finding Me is a raw and honest memior about growing up in abject poverty with an abusive and alcoholic father. Viola had me ‘hanging-by-a-tread’ when she took a 4 hour train ride — to audition - to get into Juilliard …. I cheered for her, had my heart burn with pride and joy learning she's finally getting the love and life she deserves.She highlights the brutal racism she had to deal with as a child, the abuse she faced from family members, what it was like to grow up in poverty, and her deep desire to make something more out of her life. Career-wise, after Viola got a role in the 1998 HBO movie 'The Pentagon Wars', there was a domino effect, and more television work came along.

I honestly have no words- One simply must experience this memoir for themselves to truly appreciate it. Viola Davis is an internationally acclaimed actress and producer, known for her exceptional performances in television shows such as How to Get Away with Murder and movies such as Fences and The Help. Viola is so incredibly raw and honest when sharing stories from her childhood, her journey into being an actress, and the lessons she learned along the way as a daughter, wife, mother, and artist. Viola also details the events of her rise to where she is now and like her childhood, it is extremely upsetting but also very inspiring. Beautifully told, incredibly personal, emotional narrative of overcoming, surviving and thriving not in spite of, but because of the hardships endured.I was fighting an ideology about what an actor was, and it was all born in the depth of white superiority. She does not color rose over childhood glasses — she saw her daddy’s drunken beatings of her mom to within an inch of her life — yet, she can love the man he becomes without punishing him for his past. The TV and film business is saturated with people who think they're writing something human when it's really a gimmick. The Davis family also lived in grinding poverty: they often went hungry; didn't have coins for the laundromat; lacked heat and telephone service; and had rats all over the apartment. The abuse ranged from random old men on the street trying to get a kiss, to men at birthday parties playing catch the girl, to older neighborhood boys who 'babysat', to Viola's brother - whose sexual curiosity crossed the line to penetration of two of his sisters.

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