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Jill Scott and Lauren London Will Be Co-Workers 

Jill Scott and Lauren London will join John Singleton’s Snowfall on FX. Scott will play Sharon “Cissy” Saint, a no-nonsense mom who is frustrated in her personal and professional lives, because she sacrificed her dreams to give her son opportunities she never had.

 Meanwhile, London will play Louise Saint, Cissy’s party girl sister.

Viola Davis Has Learned to be The Star of Her Own Story

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Viola Davis, inspired by her 4-year-old daughter,  feels it’s important for her story to be told, and refuses to let go of that notion now that she gets it. In a recent interview with PEOPLE, Davis said that her 4-year-old daughter Genesis always wants to be the princess in bedtime stories, and it’s because she doesn’t see enough of herself.

“She’ll say, ‘Make the princess me. Let it be me,'” Davis explained. “That’s what happens when you’re young. Then something happens where you realize, ‘They don’t see me that way.'”

Davis says this inspires her to continue to allow her story to be told, especially now that she stars as Annalise Keating on ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder. Davis calls it a stepping stone in pushing people out of their comfort zones in terms of how they see Black women on TV and film.

“She’s not a cartoon cutout,” the Emmy-nominated actress told PEOPLE. “She’s a mess and she’s nothing that someone who looks like me has played before. I think, win or lose [at the Emmys], that’s a step in the right direction.”

What Patti LaBelle Won’t Do…

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Patti LaBelle will be returning to Empire for season two, but the show’s co-creator Lee Daniels wanted her to do something that she just can’t get down with.

“We talked about it about three months ago. He said ‘LaLa,’ — he calls me ‘LaLa’ — ‘would you take your wig off?’ I said, ‘Hell no,’” LaBelle explained, laughing. “So he’s trying to do something daring with me, but I ain’t going out like that. I love you Lee, but no, no. Viola Davis did it well on ‘How To Get Away With Murder,’ but not Ms. Patti. I can’t do it.”

I know that’s right Aunt Patti! But we can’t wait to see what her character will have in store for us, though.


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