Viola Davis

Viola Davis To Executive-Produce EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live

Viola Davis and Julius Tennon will executive-produce “EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live,” a special one-hour telecast event which will invite the public to help rethink the future of American high schools. The announcement was jointly made today by XQ Institute and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF). The telecast will combine live musical, comedy and documentary segments to bring to life the past, present and future of the American high school system. The event will air live from Los Angeles on all four major U.S. networks – ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC – on Friday, Sept. 8 at 8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed. In addition to Davis and Tennon, the star-studded event in support of the national education initiative will be produced by Done + Dusted and direc...

Viola Davis To Executive-Produce EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live

Viola Davis and Julius Tennon will executive-produce “EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live,” a special one-hour telecast event which will invite the public to help rethink the future of American high schools. The announcement was jointly made today by XQ Institute and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF). The telecast will combine live musical, comedy and documentary segments to bring to life the past, present and future of the American high school system. The event will air live from Los Angeles on all four major U.S. networks – ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC – on Friday, Sept. 8 at 8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed. In addition to Davis and Tennon, the star-studded event in support of the national education initiative will be produced by Done + Dusted and direc...

Meryl Streep And Viola Davis To Headline Massachusetts Conference For Women

The Massachusetts Conference for Women announced today that Academy Award winning actresses Meryl Streep and Viola Davis will be keynote speakers at the Massachusetts Conference for Women on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Adam Grant, top-rated Wharton Professor and best-selling co-author, with Sheryl Sandberg, of Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy will also deliver a keynote address. Meryl Streep is an award-winning film, theater and television actress with a career spanning almost 40 years. Streep has won three Academy Awards for her roles in Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie’s Choice and The Iron Lady. In 2017, she earned a record-breaking 20th Academy Award nomination for her role in Florence Foster Jenkins. A n...

SAG-AFTRA Foundation To Honor Rashida Jones With Actors Inspiration Award

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation announced today that Emmy-nominated actress Rashida Jones will receive its Actors Inspiration Award, an honor recognizing artists who give back to the community by championing worthy philanthropic causes which make a difference in the world. On Monday, June 12th, the award will be presented to Ms. Jones at the Foundation’s 8th Annual Los Angeles Golf Classic, an event benefiting its assistance and children’s literacy programs. Rashida Jones is an actor, director, producer, screenwriter, musician and activist. Her philanthropy includes work with the International Rescue Committee, traveling around the world as an advocate for the nonprofit which delivers lifesaving care to people fleeing conflict and natural disaster; serving on the board and as a ce...

Chris Pine Reads Clark The Shark For Storyline Online

Chris Pine is making waves with his newest project! The Wonder Woman and Star Trek star partnered with the SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Storyline Online children’s literacy initiative to read the beloved children’s book Clark the Shark written by Bruce Hale, illustrated by Guy Francis and published by HarperCollins. Video: Clark the Shark Read by Chris PineWith its release today, Clark the Shark marks the latest addition to the award-winning Storyline Online, a free educational website & children’s literacy resource. Clark the Shark tells the story of Clark, a big, boisterous shark attending Theodore Roosterfish Elementary School. While his heart is in the right place, Clark is rowdy, loud and over-the-top. He has trouble containing his excitement for everything in his unde...

Viola Davis Reads Children’s Book Rent Party Jazz For Storyline Online

Academy Award winner Viola Davis (Fences, How to Get Away With Murder) shines a light on the unsung tradition of rent parties for Jazz Appreciation Month in the newest Storyline Online video released today by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. Davis reads the critically acclaimed children’s book Rent Party Jazz written by William Miller, illustrated by Charlotte Riley-Webb and published by Lee & Low Books. Rent Party Jazz tells the story of Sonny Comeaux, a young boy living in New Orleans during the 1930’s. Sonny works before school and during the weekends to help his mother make ends meet, but they continuously struggle to make the monthly rent. When Sonny’s mother loses her job, all seems lost – until Sonny encounters and befriends jazz trumpeter Smilin’ Jack...

Viola Davis Prayed For a Husband and Was Blessed With a Real Winner

Viola Davis took home the SAG Award for best supporting actress on Sunday night, and the phenomenal Fences and How to Get Away With Murder star had her biggest fan by her side: her husband, Julius Tennon. Viola and Julius, a theater veteran and TV acto...