Not that one can predict what is going to happen on the internet any given week, but this week the internet was surprising, and almost all of my picks are about a person. Highlights: Viola Davis and Dario Calmese, the function of history, Bari Weiss, the Billionaire, Mary Trump, Nick Cannon, Naya Rivera, Megan Thee Stallion, and Twitter was hacked.
I will also be taking a much needed and overdue break from the internet next week and will be back August 2.
This profile is really fun and lovely to read! It is warm, loving, and perfectly captures what I imagine talking to Viola Davis to feel like: “spine-tingling.” Davis, known for her portrayals of “meaty, complex, mature women,” came into mainstream recognitional relatively late with her breakthrough “seven-minute performance that ended up snagging her an Oscar nomination” in Doubt in 2008. Throughout Sonia Saraiya’s conversation with Davis here, it is clear how race has affected Davis’s life and career. Davis recalls how her mother, sisters, and “the support and affection of people who knew she was worthy […] lifted her out of what she calls ‘the hole.’”
“Who’s telling a dark-skinned girl that she’s pretty?” asked Davis. “Nobody says it. I’m telling you, Sonia, nobody says it. The dark-skinned Black woman’s voice is so steeped in slavery and our history. If we did speak up, it would cost us our lives. Somewhere in my cellular memory was still that feeling—that I do not have the right to speak up about how I’m being treated, that somehow I deserve it… I did not find my worth on my own.”
Davis and all of her magnificence are on full display here.