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Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Feeling Rebloggy
"There are some positive aspects to the notoriety, as Olivia Pope would surely point out, the main one being power.

Washington has used her elevated profile to support causes she believes in. A staunch Democrat, she stumped for Obama and spoke at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

She's been highly active in two charities that help victims of domestic violence, V-Day and the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse.

And she has gone on record to praise Scandal's forays into hot-button topics like police shootings and abortion rights. "I am a person who has always been politically active and passionate about people's rights," she tells me. "I marched against the [2004] Republican Convention. And as my career has expanded, it's been important for me to not stifle that voice. Because you want to be popular, you want people to hire you, and I have to make sure I don't do it less because I'm an actor." "


And she's also used her money and power to make sure a story about Anita Hill, "Confirmation," got made. 

"I remember my parents and their friends having a very deep reaction to the lynching statement and thinking, This is the public destruction of an African American man," says Washington, sitting at a corner table at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles. "There was something really devastating to the black community to be watching that happen, and watching that happen at the hands of a black woman.

At the same time, I remember my mother and her friends feeling so aligned and empathetic and in defense of her."
Twenty-five years later, everyone remembers how it all played out: Thomas got his seat on the Supreme Court, although he will be forever associated with the imagery of pubic hair on a Coke can and the distasteful nature of the proceedings that left the country with a moral hangover, which led to federal protections against sexual harassment and an increase in the number of female political candidates.
Since that time, Kerry Washington has transformed from a scrunchie-wearing, a capella–singing kid into a glamorous Hollywood star, one whose power and talent affords her the ability to make a movie about the events she witnessed as a teenager. "This moment was so important because it created a language around women being able to protect themselves," says Washington, who is executive producer on this month's HBO movie Confirmation, a dramatic retelling of the proceedings in which she also stars as Hill.

"The behavior that Anita Hill described was going on in a lot of offices throughout the country, and most people didn't think they were doing anything wrong. But this created awareness around that and around the need for women's voices to be heard in our public spaces, both testifying before Congress and sitting on the committee. It really was such a huge cultural shift."

ALSO ON HBO NOW, last I checked
  • Nina Simone Documentary
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  • Issa Rae's INSECURE 
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