Kerry Washington: “I Am a Descendant of Slaves, I Am a Mother, I Am an Entrepreneur”


By Victor Trammell

Actress/producer Kerry Washington (pictured) will be appearing on the cover of the May 2017 issue of Glamour Magazine.

Washington, 40, did an exclusive interview with Glamour recently and talked about a number of weighty subjects, including race, female leadership in Hollywood, and her future status as a star on Scandal, the widely popular television drama series on ABC.

Washington was interviewed by Paola Mendoza, an actress, writer, director, and Glamour contributor. Any big fan of Washington knows that she is outspoken when it comes to issues that have to do with social justice. However, the Django Unchained  thespian doesn’t just talk the talk of activism. She walks the walk.

Washington is an active member of the Creative Coalition, an influential board consisting of professional entertainers in music, television, and film. These board members help develop social campaigns, which deal with issues that society often likes to sweep under the rug. Washington has also given her charitable efforts toward other valiant causes, such as fighting disease.

Glamour’s interview with Washington for its upcoming spring issue is probably the most riveting the star has ever done for a major publication. The words in her responses to the interviewer’s questions didn’t come across like the typical Hollywood actress who is able to afford a lavish lifestyle.

However, she looks the part of an actress with an illustrious television and film career in the pictures she took for the Glamour photo shoot. The mocha-colored, petite Washington blended well with the colorful designer dresses she wore, which were made by the likes of high-dollar thread magnates, such as Dries Van Noten and Valentino.

One of the first questions Washington was asked in her interview dealt with how much longer she was going to play “Olivia Pope” on Scandal. “It’s not really up to me. It’s up to Shonda [Rhimes, Scandal’s creator] and to the network. Shonda has said from the beginning that she kind of knows how it ends. So I’m trusting her to guide the arc,” Washington replied.

Washington also talked about Simpson Street, a television production company that she owns. The conversation between Washington and Mendoza then shifted towards the need for more female producers to be in film and television.

“The charge of my production company, Simpson Street, is to tell stories that are about people, places, and situations that may not always be considered by the mainstream. Inclusivity is not about, you know, creating a world where straight white men have no voice; it’s about creating a world where we all have a voice. So I’m excited to start that new journey, as a producer,” Washington said.

The final question Washington was asked dealt with optimism and where her sense of positivity comes from. “I have to do the work of self-love and affirmation, and say, ‘I am a woman, I am a person of color, I am the granddaughter of immigrants, I am also the descendant of slaves, I am a mother, I am an entrepreneur, I am an artist, and I’m joyful,'” Washington added.

To read the full transcript of Washington’s entire interview with Glamour, visit the website link to the source for this article listed below.







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