Viola Davis refuses to dismiss ‘black women’s pain’

Academy Award winner Viola Davis and her husband Julius Tennon launched in 2012 JuVee Productions, to see the changes they wish Hollywood would make—specifically in portrayals of race and other issues. “We are in a zeitgeist that is hungry for disruptors,” the “How to Get Away With Murder” actress told CNN recently.

The couple’s project, “American Koko,” is a web series that is just that—a satirical series starring Diarra Kilpatrick, who plays a detective investigating racially sensitive cases.

“There’s no greater voice than that of an artist. ‘American Koko’ does what true art is supposed to do,” Davis said, adding that the ABC Digital comedy tackles a familiar stereotype.

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