I told y’all I was gonna be on my worst behavior, hitting you all with a couple of blog posts back to back. Here’s numero dos:
Can we take a moment to bask in the genius that is Shonda Rhimes? Last night’s “Scandal” and “How To Get Away With Murder’s” jaw-dropping cliff hangers left me sitting in front of my TV screen like #WTF.
But beyond the intoxicating addictiveness of Rhimes’ shows, something much bigger is going on behind the scenes at Shondaland. Rhimes is creating opportunity.
Example #1 (and the only example you need): On Sunday, Viola Davis made history, Black history. She became the first Black female to win an Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for her lead role as Annalise in “How To Get Away With Murder.” In Davis’ acceptance speech she stated:
“The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.”
Without the vision of Shonda Rhimes, characters like Annalise and Olivia Pope would not exist. So thank you Shonda Rhimes, for not only guaranteeing me two hours of entertainment every Thursday night, but for also throwing a splash of color on my TV screen, challenging Black stereotypes, deconstructing the standard image of beauty, and depicting Black women in positions of power. You’re the real MVP. ✊🏾