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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Conversations Magazine's Entertainer of the Year 2014: Viola Davis

by Cyrus Webb

It was about 14 years ago that I first recognized the phenomena force that is Viola Davis. I was watching the show City of Angels, and she brought the character Nurse Peeler to life. Fast forward a couple of years and she played a major role on one of my favorite shows Law & Order: Criminal Intent making us love and loathe the woman who was Terry Randolph.

We would get to see more of Davis on the show Law & Order: SVU as the tough as nails attorney Donna Emmett, in many ways foreshadowing what she has brilliantly done with the character Annalise Keating in the Shonda Rhimes' produced hit HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER. Couple her success on television and movies (like Doubt, The Help and this year's Get On Up) with what she is doing with her company JuVee Productions, and there is no wonder why Conversations Magazine is proud to recognize Viola Davis as our first-ever Entertainer of the Year!

Ms. Davis is the epitome of what hard work, passion and consistency will get you in life. She also shows men and women that you can not just benefit from the doors open to you but you can create opportunities for yourself and others to thrive.

The other thing that she highlights that is a great reminder is the importance of forging real relationships with people. She has done this with fellow actors and actresses as well as those who are writers, producers and directors. As soon as I saw her as Annalise in HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER I couldn't stop smiling. This was the role that was not just tailor-made for her artistic gift but her passion for great storylines.

Regardless of what profession you are in, we can all learn a thing or two from Ms. Davis. When you give your all and trust in your God-given abilities your talent will always make room for you.

Stay connected with Viola online at and her company Juvee Productions at

*  Photo by Jeff Vespa (Getty Images)

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