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Viola Davis Says Paper Bag Test Is “Alive And Kicking” In Hollywood

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Viola Davis Says Paper Bag Test Is “Alive And Kicking” In Hollywood

Viola Davis shares her opinion on black Hollywood and the problems that still exist today.


Viola Davis, has been around for decades, but her recent major breakout role on ABC’ hit TV show “How To Get Away With Murder” has brought a whole new light to black people in Hollywood.

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In a recent interview with “The Wrap” Davis openly talks about blacks in the industry.

She shares that the brown paper bag test is definitely still a thing.

“When you do see a woman of color onscreen, the paper-bag test is still very much alive and kicking. That’s the whole racial aspect of colorism: If you are darker than a paper bag, then you are not sexy, you are not a woman, you shouldn’t be in the realm of anything that men should desire.”

She even spoke about her role as Annalise Keating who defies all ideas and opinions as a leading role being a black woman.

“In the history of television and even in film, I’ve never seen a character like Annalise Keating played by someone who looks like me. My age, my hue, my sex. She is a woman who absolutely culminates the full spectrum of humanity our askew sexuality, our askew maternal instincts. She’s all of that, and she’s a dark-skin black woman.”

Davis continues sharing what roles the majority of black actresses were given, even sharing those stories from some of her friends.

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“I hear these stories from friends of mine who are dark-skin actresses who are always being seen  as crack addicts and prostitutes.”

Take a look at the interview below and let us know what you think!

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