How to Get Away with Murder's Viola Davis Laments One-Dimensional Roles for Black Actresses on TV | 11/20/2019 | Mekeisha Madden Toby
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Fans of How to Get Away with Murder still don't know for sure if Annalise Keating (Viola Davis), is dead or alive, but we all know the show is coming to an end. Davis, the Emmy and Oscar winning actress who makes Annalise the fabulously flawed woman that she is, has a few theories on how television will look when the sixth and final season of her ABC series ends early next year.

"I just personally think that no one explores the black pathology at all," Davis told fans Tuesday night during a panel at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, accompanied by her costars and series creator Peter Nowalk. "There's any number of announcements — Oh boy! I'm probably going to get in trouble. I shouldn't have drank that glass of wine — There's any number of announcements on Deadline of yet another terrific black actor announcing yet another great project, but they're always detectives."

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Davis added that the black actresses who are currently leading shows on TV are still being pigeonholed.

"If it's a black woman, especially if she looks like me, she is strong [and] she has no ****," Davis quipped. "If she does have a ****, it's dedicated to one man...So I think that anyone who is willing to write for a black female, who has an **** and thighs and a wide nose and big lips, should be allowed to do it.


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