Viola Davis Produces New ‘ABC’ Comedy Tackling Issues Of Racism, ‘Black Don’t Crack’

Posted On : 10/16/2017

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA — Viola Davis is headlining change in the movie capital of the world. It’s great to see she’s using her platform to tackle issues with laughter.

In Davis’ new comedy, Black Don’t Crack, she plans to highlight the prevailing issues of today — and apparently of all United States’ existence. Racism.

A NEW DIRECTION?

Via an interview with CNN, Viola Davis mentions as follows.

“We are in a zeitgeist that is hungry for disruptors. We’re hungry for those voices that force us to be awoke.”

According to Deadline, while she’s being joined by Insecure executive producers Larry Wilmore and Regina Hicks, Davis’ comedy has been sold to ABC.

Viola’s husband mentions as follows.

“Viola and I are inspired by Regina Hicks and to have Larry Wilmore EP is a dream. Seeing these three African American women who appear not to age but, to have challenges that we can all relate to and in a way, we have not seen before, will be a revelation.”

Many people may not know this, but Viola and her husband — Julius Tennon — launched JuVee Productions in 2012 to create entertainment with an emphasis on inclusive storytelling.

As reports CNN, this is something Davis and Tennon state is lacking in Hollywood.

CHANGING THE NARRATIVE

And along with Wilmore Films, the two powerhouses will be operating under one roof for this production — ABC Studios.

Tennon mentions as follows.

“We want to change the way the industry puts out narratives with people of color. There has been more opportunity, but there is still a long way to go.”

So, they’re hoping the comedy series is a step toward progress.

According to the source, the series will take place in a “fictional post-racial America” — addressing real racial challenges with a comedic approach.

How do you think it’ll turn out?

Viola Davis has already had success with American Koko — a similar series written by Diarra Kilpatrick and available on ABC digital, according to CNN.

All in all, we’d love to know what do you think about Davis’ show idea. If you have any comments, feel free to share them via our Facebook page.

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