The 55-year-old actress recently participated in an emotional Regina King-directed photo essay for W Magazine’s Directors Issue (hits newsstands on April 6).
Viola Davis Stuns Alongside Her Daughter in New Regina King-Directed Photo Shoot
Davis posed alongside her 10-year-old daughter for the shoot, titled Black Americana: A Photo Essay on Love and Pain, which focuses on a happy family who receives a devastating phone call the following day.
The first photo shows Davis and Genesis posing for the camera. It’s followed by a variety of staged shots, some of which feature the actress’s husband, Julius Tennon.
“I don’t think any of us are particularly happy with the state of America,” King explained. “But we still embrace the fact that we are Black Americans, even with all of the things that have happened in history.”
Davis went on to describe the inspiration behind the photos, adding, “There’s a life beyond the tragedy, there’s life even within the tragedy, and there was a life before the tragedy. That you can be experiencing moments of joy when tragedy comes in and invades your life, and then it melts into something else—we understand that about life in general, but not always with Black folks in it. This is the first time I’ve ever done a photo shoot like this.”
When in doubt, make it a family affair.
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