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“Scandal” stars Kerry Washington and Katie Lowes, who plays Quinn, are joining forces for a new television series with ABC. However, this time around, the Hollywood beauties will be spending more of their time behind the cameras.
According to Variety, Washington and Lowes are executive producing a dramedy in development by Shondaland that will focus on a clique of young nannies. The series is being described as an “edgy and comical upstairs-downstairs look at the insanity of modern child-rearing.” In addition to the nannies, the plot will focus on “a trio of interconnected families and their various support staffs, all trying to help the kids grow up when they haven’t quite grown up themselves.”
Actress and writer Bess Wohl will pen the script and serve as an executive producer alongside Washington, Lowes, Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Adam Shapiro.
We’re loving how Miss Shonda is allowing Katie and Kerry to get in on some behind-the-camera action.
Does this sound like a series you’d be interested in watching?
I was watching the actress Kerry Washington’s PSA on domestic violence. I’d been seeing her around carrying a purple purse for some time, but never had time to really stop. There she sat in a pristine room, dressed like an angel, with the prettiest purple makeup you ever did see. It looked more like a promo for a movie called “Purple Princess.” She was saying that she’s working with the Allstate Foundation to bring awareness to domestic violence and financial abuse, which affects 98 percent of the women who are in abusive relationships. Purple is the color for domestic violence and the purse signifies the heart of a woman’s finances. By talking about this issue she hopes to bring it out of the shadows.
Honestly, I just couldn’t buy her as a domestic violence spokesperson. It was all too perfect, too neat. Domestic violence is ugly. Where was her black eye? Why was she even there? Not once did she mention what brought her personally to want to advocate for this issue. Was she or someone she knows ever a victim? It just didn’t seem connected to anything and left me wondering if she’s the latest celebrity jumping on a cause.
Is it even helpful to throw a celebrity out there to just start talking about an issue with seemingly no connection?
Ironically, the next day, I was walking home from school with my two daughters. My neighbor stopped me and asked if I had heard what happened in our building. “No,” I said, wondering what I had missed.
A woman on the first floor was getting beaten so badly by her boyfriend that my neighbor, who lives three houses down, called the cops. The police came and took the guy to jail.
Not in our building. Clutch my pearls. I asked him what the woman looked like and he said he never saw her face.
Whoa. Who is she? Does she live in the building? How did she end up in such a situation? I hurried my girls along. My neighbor is chatty and could have stood there talking about it all day.
Later, I found that I was still thinking about that woman. Maybe I could help her. But then again, if her man was crazy enough to beat her in broad daylight, what would he try to do to me? I’m smart enough to know that I can’t get involved. Even if she was my best friend I’d have to think twice, three times about how I could help. Better to mind my own business. But still, if I’m my sister’s keeper wouldn’t it make sense to try and do something?
I decided to speak to the family advocate at my daughter’s pre-school. I remembered they sometimes do talks on domestic abuse. She said that the only thing to do in the case of this woman is to call the police.
“You don’t want to put her in more danger by exposing the situation because now the man feels threatened and he could take that out on her.” Okay, but he already got arrested. Is there anything else I can do for her? She had no answer. I asked her if she’d seen Kerry Washington’s public service announcement and if talking about the issue could help. “Yes. Talking about it empowers the powerless and takes the shame off,” she said. “That woman can walk out of the shadows and realize that it’s not her fault. It also puts the blame back on the abuser where it belongs.”
Back to Kerry Washington’s PSA. Does it matter if she may not have been abused? Does that mean she shouldn’t talk about it? One of my favorite writers, Cat Marnell, is a drug addict and gets a lot of flack for talking about her addiction. When Whitney Houston overdosed she wrote a powerful essay called On the Death Of Whitney Houston and Why I Won’t Ever Stop Talking About My Drug Use
Her belief is that as soon as she stops talking about it she is going to ‘slip silently into the water and disappear.’ Just like Whitney. For Cat, talking about her drug use is a matter of survival. She can’t stop, won’t stop.
It could stand to reason that if we stop talking about our sister’s issues then maybe we’ll all disappear too. Isn’t that what the recent Ebony magazine cover with “The Cosby Show” cast is all about? Let’s just talk about it. Sometimes we underestimate that power. Somebody out there is going to feel validated, and will hopefully come out of the shadows. Then maybe we won’t all disappear.
Do you believe in the power of public service announcements to bring a greater awareness about domestic violence?
Whoopi Goldberg was recently interviewed by BET.com and was asked about Viola Davis’ astounding Emmy speech which moved many of us — except Nancy Grahn, of course, and seemingly Whoopi.
In her speech, Davis proclaimed, “The only thing that separates women of color from anybody else is opportunity,” a fact many women of color in the entertainment and other industries know to be true.
However, Auntie Whoopi strongly disagreed with Davis’ statement on Hollywood’s inequities. She told BET Reporter Chantal Potter:
“I’m not sure what that [Viola’s statement] means; Opportunity to do what? You know what I mean. The truth of the matter is, there have been plenty of opportunities. Look at Scandal! Kerry Washington is there and she’s working her booty off. But they [the Emmy board] didn’t vote for her. So maybe the question is, “What do you have to do, to get voted on?” Not that the opportunity is not there. We’ve had lots of opportunities. See now there will be more parts, more dramas because Viola won an Emmy award. The truth is everyone wants an Emmy, the studios, everyone! So they’ll hire more Black women.”
Whoopi’s confusing statement means the same thing Davis referenced in her speech. Women of color are marginalized from receiving roles or awards and the opportunities are only offered when another colleague of color earns the said accolades first. This method is unacceptable and not known to be used when casting actresses who are White.
Whoopi and her co-host Raven-Symoné must have some special insight when it comes to hiring people of color that we don’t know about. What do you think?
Check out the full interview below.
Whoopi doesn’t cosign Viola’s Emmy Speech: “The Truth of the Matter is, there’s been Plenty of Opportunity…” https://t.co/RzRbp8OCAk
— BET (@BET) October 8, 2015
Domestic violence is not the easiest subject to broach, but Kerry Washington and Allstate have joined forces again to raise awareness and foster dialogue surrounding this issue.
The “Scandal” actress is the ambassador for Allstate’s Purple Purse campaign, which aims to shed light on the financial abuse that frequently holds women hostage in abusive relationships. This year, Washington and Allstate partnered with designer Dee Ocleppo to design this a limited-edition clutch, which is being exclusively sold by Saks Fifth Avenue. A portion of all proceeds will go to Allstate Foundation Purple Purse nonprofits.
As for why campaign organizers selected a purse to represent the cause, Washington says that it makes starting the conversation a bit easier—in addition to it being the perfect symbol for financial abuse.
“It’s hard to talk about a black eye, and it’s hard to talk about being strangled or being kicked out or having your credit destroyed,” she told the Huffington Post. “Those things are really hard to talk about. But if you open the conversation with a purse, if you make it something that’s fun to talk about, somehow one of those layers of isolation starts to melt. People begin to be less afraid of having the discussion and of asking for help and sharing their story and empowering others. Not to mention, a purse is where your financial well-being lives. All of the things that are of value to you live in your purse, so it’s kind of the perfect metaphor for this work.”
Like many, the wife and mom had never heard of financial abuse until just a few years ago.
“Before getting involved, I had never actually heard of financial abuse before. When they [Allstate] explained to me what it was, I thought ‘Oh, of course,’ it makes so much sense that this would be one of the weapons to controlling a partner in domestic abuse.
She adds that learning financial abuse is the leading reason women remain in abusive relationships is really what motivated her to get down with the cause.
“To learn that it’s the number one reason why women stay in abusive relationships, and even for women who are able to leave, it’s the number one reason why they come back, I just felt like the opportunity to be part of a solution and to really help give women the tools they need to save their own lives and to save their families, that just seemed like an extraordinary opportunity. And, to be able to do it through fashion was like ‘Oh, this is right up my alley! Empowering women and looking cute? I’m in.’”
To learn more about the Purple Purse campaign, domestic violence, and financial abuse, visit purplepurse.com
Shonda Rhimes is on top. And when a Black woman’s on top, it only makes sense that Essence would feature said woman on the cover of their publication. Shonda’s appeared on the cover before. But her influence and effect on the industry warrants more than just one cover. So Essence honored her with six for the October issue. But it’s not just Shonda, it’s all of the Black actors and actresses she’s put on during her reign.
The covers feature actors and actresses from “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How To Get Away With Murder,” and “Scandal.”
Check out the covers and some excerpts from the upcoming article on the following pages.
“Scandal” returns to ABC later this month, and the cast has already begun making their press rounds. We have no idea what direction the storyline will take this season, but if the September 11 Entertainment Weekly cover serves as an indicator, things are about to get extremely interesting.
Kerry Washington, Tony Goldwyn and Bellamy Young are closer than close in one of the four cover shots for this issue, with Young resting her head on Washington’s shoulder and Washington draping her leg across Goldwyn’s shoulder.
“What’s next for America’s sexiest first
couple throuple,” the cover’s tagline playfully reads.
While we don’t see Mellie and Olivia ever consenting to jump completely out of the window and begin playing sister wives, stranger things have happened in Shondaland.
TGIT season premieres begin Thursday, September 24.
Okay Olivia! It’s hard to remember at times that Kerry Washington is a proud mama. She and her husband, former NFL player Nnamdi Asomugh, have a 17-month-old daughter named Isabella, but good luck trying to snag a pic of the more than likely adorable tot (Kerry is extremely private).
You’d have a better chance of working for B613.
The 38-year-old Scandal star graces the September cover of Self where she not only shows off a physique that’s beat to capacity, but opens up about her life as a mom, finding balance, and why she doesn’t care about her pre-pregnancy weight.
“I have to take care of myself in order to live life the way I want to,” Washington shares. It’s pretty obvious that Kerry is in wonderful shape (hence the Self magazine cover) and thanks pilates, among other forms of exercise for keeping her both fit and grounded. “With pilates, I get to bring my true self. I get to go: How can I take care of myself and push myself past my comfort zone?”
It’s quite apparent milk ain’t the only thing that can do a body good. Anyone else trying to Google a nearby pilates class?
As much time as Kerry dedicates to fitness (and herself), she makes it known that her family is still number one. “I try to get it in so I can be back with my kid early,” Kerry reveals that explains her super early AM sessions in her converted dressing room/gym.
While Kerry might be willing to open up about her workout regimen, one thing you probably shouldn’t ask her is that question all moms hear: Do you feel back to your old self?
“I’ve been really focused on not being ‘back’ to anything, but being the best version of myself right now. My body is the site of a miracle now. I don’t want to be pre-miracle.”
As a 20something with serious anxiety about how different my body will be when I eventually bear children, Kerry Washington just took a ton of pressure off of my shoulders. While the new mom dropped plenty of weight since giving birth to her daughter, Isabel, last year, she’s refusing to drive herself crazy about getting her pre-baby body back. Instead, she insists that the goal is to be fit, not to rewind the clock.
“A few weeks ago, my manager asked: ‘Do you feel like you’re back? I feel like you’re back,’” she told Self magazine. “She meant it as a total compliment, but we had this great conversation where I was like, ‘You know what? I try really hard not to use that language, because it’s not about going backward in life.’ I’ve been really focused on not being ‘back’ to anything, but being the best version of myself right now. My body is the site of a miracle now. I don’t want to be pre-miracle.”
Washington adds that Isabelle does, however, offer workout motivation—especially during early morning sessions.
“I try to get it in so I can be back with my kid early,” she shared. “I have to take care of myself in order to live life the way I want to. It’s important to have rest days. But in the long run, if I don’t work out for, like, three days, I feel worse, not better.”
We’re digging the positive spin that she puts on the post-baby snapback craze.
Check out more photos from Kerry’s spread in the Self September issue, which hits stands August 25.
Kerry Washington manages to be a stunner on every red carpet. Her red carpet finesse has managed to land her a few roles on screen. She’s very calculating with every look she does on the carpet and she nails it. Although she takes some risks on the carpet Kerry never over does it, and this remains consistent. You’ll probably never see Kerry with a side hip-bearing sequence dress hugging her curves because that’s not what going to keep her relevant or get her movies roles. It will keep her in the news now but it will die out soon and it gets old. Classic yet striking silhouettes have been a successful formula for her brand and from the look of it he has no intentions of slowing that down.
Her makeup is what remains the most consistent. It’s never super contoured or highlighted. It’s just beautiful. We will be looking at images of Kerry Washington, years from now, when chiseled contoured faces have lost their cache, and she’ll still look fresh and current. While her contemporaries are doing if for gram’ Kerry is laying down her legacy for the gram’ and whatever comes next.
Red Carpet 101: 7 Kerry Washington Beauty Looks To Learn
The Scandal season finale is tonight, and it promises to be one that will slay our very essence. But then again, this season has provided shocker after shocker.
Before we go any further, be warned that from here on out, it is nonstop spoiler alerts if you’re not caught up on the season. Shonda Rhimes has put damn near everyone on the cast in danger this season. Let’s take a look at 15 of Scandal‘s most shocking moments from this season.