After last night's Golden Globes, black magic was on full display. From Daniel Kaluuya winning for his monstrous portrayal of Chairman Fred Hampton (Judas and the Black Messiah), to Chadwick Boseman taking home the hardware for 'Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama', we couldn't get enough. Pair that with the Viola Davis handing out looks with her full Cameroon-print slayage, and the edges of me were taketh, m'kay?!
Well, according to Variety, Auntie Viola has sooo much more magic coming our way, as she is tapped to portray Michelle Obama in the upcoming Showtime anthology series, 'The First Lady'.
The First Lady will peel back the curtain on the personal and political lives of First Ladies from throughout history, with season one focusing on Eleanor Roosevelt (Gillian Anderson), Betty Ford (Michelle Pfeiffer), and O. T. Fagbenle as Barack Obama.
Showtime released a statement of the series stating:
"Throughout our history, presidents' spouses have wielded remarkable influence, not only on the nation's leaders but on the country itself. [The First Lady] fits perfectly within the Showtime wheelhouse of drama and politics, revealing how much personal relationships impact both domestic and global events. Having Viola Davis play Michelle Obama is a dream come true, and we couldn't be luckier to have her extraordinary talent to help launch this series."
Well, come thru, praise!
Davis is coming off of the high of being nominated for the 'Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama' category for her role in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, an award that suprisingly (but not surprisingly) went to Andra Day for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in The United States vs. Billie Holiday.
And listen, although Davis had the opportunity to be one of the most decorated actresses in history, she is more than happy to pass the baton to Day (or any other black woman for that matter) tweeting prior to the show:
"The journey of a Black artist is littered with obstacles in creating, developing and being acknowledged for our work. #TimesUpGlobes. If we continue to keep silent, the younger generation of artists will have the exact same load to carry. No more excuses."
And to speak out, in a full circle moment, she decided to make her statement heard by wearing her standout Cameroonian gear.
The dress, made by fashion designer, Claude Kameni, did what it came to do, too honey! And Davis, who skipped the glamorized theatrics of the big night, and instead opted to set her sights directly on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, (of which not a single member of the 87-strong governing body is Black, and hence the statement on Twitter and her outfit choice).
Which basically means, if anyone should be portraying our forever First Lady, it's that fierce, frontline boss of a woman named, Viola Davis.
Forever indebted and enamored by her magic!
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