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While Viola Davis Has Built An Estimated $25M Fortune, The Actress Once Said She Still Has To ‘Hustle For My Worth’ Compared To Her White Counterparts

For six seasons between 2014 and 2020, Shonda Rhymes had television audiences on lock every Thursday, partially due to the thrilling drama series “How To Get Away With Murder.” Starring the iconic Viola Davis, the hour-long show chronicled the complicated daily life, career, and antics of its main character, Annalise Keating. Although Viola Davis gave viewers a captivating weekly performance, her time on the ABC series was not the first nor last time she would have audiences in a proverbial chokehold, enamored by her acting chops. According to an interview with the Harvard Business Review, Viola Davis was born on a former plantation in Saint Matthews, SC, and raised in poverty. She faced continued racism after moving to Rhode Island. However, her humble beginnings didn’t stop her from discovering her love of acting and using that as a tool for her success. “I had a passion for acting because it was therapeutic. Art heals the mind. Art is supposed to move you, shake you, make you...

Mar 4, 2024

Michael Jordan's Demands For 'Air' Included Viola Davis Playing The Person Who Intervened To Make His Nike Deal Happen

It’s no secret that Michael Jordan transformed Nike once he became one of the greatest to join forces with the sneaker giant in 1984. However, the two making history would’ve never occurred if not for the legendary basketball star’s mother.

Mar 20, 2023

Viola Davis Reveals She Was Paid $671 For Her Role In 'Antwone Fisher' — 'It Was The Joy Of My Career'

Two decades ago, Viola Davis struck a chord with audiences for her brief portrayal of Eva May in the film “Antwone Fisher.”

Dec 22, 2022

How Viola Davis Went From Poverty To $25M — 'I Dumpster-Dived, I Stole Money For Food'

Viola Davis may be one of the most successful actresses in the world today — but she didn’t always have it easy. In an exclusive interview with The Wall Street Journal — whom she sat down with to promote her new Showtime series, “The First Lady,” in which she plays Michelle Obama. T he actress revealed that her humble upbringings forced her to go to extremes to avoid going hungry. “I mean, her Hunger Free program for kids,” Viola Davis said to the outlet, referring to Michelle Obama’s advocacy for the passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. ” I mention that because I was a kid who was hungry. I grew up in abject poverty. I dumpster-dived. I stole money for food. And I think Michelle Obama, coming from the South Side of Chicago, was very aware of [that kind of poverty].” First Lady Michelle Obama’s advocacy for the act resulted in her husband, President Barack Obama, signing the act into law in 2010.  While Davis herself, couldn’t take advantage of the act when she was growing...

Get to Know Hollywood's Highest-Paid Black Actresses

Black Hollywood actresses have been making waves in the entertainment industry for decades. This was a notable year for many Black women entertainers — both veterans and those new in the game. Though oftentimes their contribution to the culture is not reflected in their salaries. For example, Viola Davis was the only Black woman featured on Forbes’ list of the Top 10 highest-paid actresses of 2020. Davis earned $15.5 million thanks to her legendary performance in the role of Annalise Keating in the show “ How to Get Away With Murder” and “ Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” on Netflix. Despite this, Black actresses have been able to break through glass ceilings in the face of a global pandemic and continue to build impressive discographies and net worths. Check out some of the most popular Black actresses along with their net worths below. 1. Kerry Washington ($50 million) Photo Credit: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for AFI) According to Forbes, Kerry Washington was the only Black woman to...

Dec 10, 2020