By Sandra Rose  | 

Viola Davis Emmy

Actress Viola Davis stunned the well-heeled audience at the Emmy Awards when she recited a Harriet Tubman quote that seemed out of place in context with the awards show setting.

Davis was honored as the first black woman to win an Emmy in the best actress category on Sunday night.

Sensing she might make history, Davis prepared her acceptance speech beforehand. Her curious speech included the aforementioned Tubman quote:

"In my mind, I see a line. And over that line, I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me, over that line. But I can’t seem to get there no how. I can’t seem to get over that line."

The New Times sat down with Davis to ask how she related Tubman's quote to winning an Emmy.

Q. Did you have that Harriet Tubman quotation picked out far in advance?

A. My husband and I are doing a Harriet Tubman project, and when it was picked up by HBO, one of the producers sent me that quote. It struck me in such a huge way because of its progressiveness, so it stayed with me ever since, and that’s been several months. I just felt it was apropos, seeing that no woman of color has ever won in that category. That moment had to be acknowledged, or else it would be a missed opportunity. It would be one of those moments I would look back on, and I would have regretted it.

Q.What did you and Taraji P. Henson, a fellow nominee in the drama category, say to each other when you won?

A. First of all, that was like the second or third time we hugged through the night. She said, “I love you,” and I said, “I love you more than anything in the world, I love you!” That’s what we said. I think at the end of the day, people want to be seen. And I think that’s why it was important for me and Taraji to acknowledge that in each other, to not just feel like it is competition, to just say, I see you, yes, I see you, too. I love you. I take you in.

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  • MissyJ

    Viola Davis... I feel like a I can't say any but *clap* Hercules Hercules *clap*.. i'm just a proud mama!

  • L.T.L. Since 2007

    The “beautiful white women” line is consistent with Tubman’s lesbian orientation.

    _____________________

  • harley_quinn2.0

    I've loved Viola Davis since Antoine Fisher. She was in the movie 10 minutes didn't say much but stole the damn movie. She's a true actor.

  • MzApple

    when the winch from General hospital tried to come for her moment tho

    http://ak-hdl.buzzfed.com/static/2014-10/7/18/enhanced/webdr05/anigif_enhanced-buzz-6015-1412721332-10.gif

  • lenny

    According to sandra we ALL gay

  • Str8tUpMenace

    The “beautiful white women” line is consistent with Tubman’s lesbian orientation.

    ________________

    Sandra stay trying to recruit folks. *dead*

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    The “beautiful white women” line is consistent with Tubman’s lesbian orientation.

    ______

    Now did you really need to put that in there

  • Wildcat34

    I think at the end of the day, people want to be seen......
    Was that shade, Viola? LOL

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    SEE YOU TONIGHT VIOLA! I'M ANXIOUS TO FIND OUT WHO KILLED THAT GIRL

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile and to think I liked that chick that played Alexis .... no words for that wench now... matter fact I'm boycotting the damn show .... even though I've been boycotting it since the original Jason left ..... haven't been back since

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Totally agree ....

  • Just Keya

    I said this downstairs but I did not know we were up here.
    :off topic: So one of the downtown Philadelphia McDonald's spiked the prices up because the Pope will be here and all the people will be in the city. I personally think that's disgusting. I just got finished emailing them. I can't believe they are trying to take advantage of people like that. A damn shame, and they will NOT be receiving my funds even after the Pope is gone. Bastards.

  • Just Keya

    I love Viola!!!

  • Jusstlookn2

    beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me, over that line.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    That's business unfortunately .... this is one reason I'm not for CEO's RUNNING this country ... most are snakes and only for self ... they lack empathy for people smh

  • L.T.L. Since 2007

    My husband and I are doing a Harriet Tubman project, and when it was picked up by HBO, one of the producers sent me that quote.

    ________________

    Being how HBO did just a great job with Bessie, this is a story that I would love to see.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    I used to love GH so when I heard it was an actor on GH I was pissed. When I found out it Alex Davis aka Natasha Cassadine I was happy because I never liked her character or her acting. I hope she gets kicked off the show.

  • MissyJ

    No different than hotel prices spiking during New Years Eve, The Presidential Inauguration, Super Bowl weekend etc etc etc

  • Just Keya

    I think that's wrong as well.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile my father would beat me and my sister's azz if we ever fought like this .... she kicked the hell out of her side bawhahahaha chile

  • MissyJ

    But are you emailing and boycotting every Marriott and Howard Johnson's?

    I didn't say it was right.. just to clarify

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I liked ole freak Alexis .... trying to act like her shyt don't stank and wound up fugging every gangsta on the show .... literally ... brothers and all and had kids by em ..... calling herself a lawyer

  • Just Keya

    Hell no. lol. But damn 2$ for a small fry?! Come on. And that one is dirty as hell. But I get what your saying. I did not think you were agreeing with them.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Lol but she's right though. That chick from General Hospital is just mad after 40 years of acting (terrible acting might I add) she's still doing soaps.

  • iWasteTime

    Harriet Tubman was le ghey and had a thing for white womens ?

  • MissyJ

    Yeah I live off the $1 menu!!

  • Futuredocdonte

    women” line is consistent with Tubman’s lesbian orientation.
    ---
    Bruh

  • WHITTYwithWORDS

    GIRL....

  • Wildcat34

    LOL!! Agreed, but I found it funny she said it right after her comment about Taraji...because Taraji was doing the most at the awards.

  • WHITTYwithWORDS

    Ole Wool face, dry pu$$y, weak pu$$y, can't keep a man backwards bougie azz..i HATE Alexis...fake azz Cassadine.

  • Just Keya

    The 1$ menu at that location will be suspended until Monday, after the Pope and the people leave. A damn shame. You know, so of these people who came for this...they spent the last bit of money to see the Pope, and even though I don't want to see him or think he is important, they do. So why take advantage?

  • WHITTYwithWORDS

    The “beautiful white women” line is consistent with Tubman’s lesbian orientation.
    ----

    Sis? Log out.

  • Buttercup

    Araminta Ross was twice married. Never have I read she was interested in women. Wishful thinking though.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Threatening cancellations year after year ..... when she said she would love to have her role <<<< that right there ... that right there ... I detected all kinds of typical sprite woman jealousy ..... Chile I started thinking back to that movie 12 years a damn slave .... that's how the sprite women are ... their men truly lust after us ... and they both hate it deep down, the men and women (sprites)

  • Genia Gouch

    Tubman’s lesbian orientation? I have never in my 40+ years heard any historian state this...nor have i even read anything like this. Where are you getting this information Sandra Rose? what sources did you acquire this information from? and if this is just your free range write whatever at work...you're out of line.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    The damn most chile ..... have a little class ..... turned into Evette for a second

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    AND BESSIE DEF. HAD A TYPE. IJS...I'M NOT SAYING IT'S TRUE OF HARRIET, BUT WE'LL NEVER KNOW.

  • Jusstlookn2

    Page Not Found
    We’re sorry, we seem to have lost this page,
    but we don’t want to lose you. .

  • MissyJ

    Look... Sandra like that lil yt boy from 6th sense.. he saw dead people.. She see gay people

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Lol I felt she was boring character. Sonny tossed her went back to Carly. Rick slept with her daughter, Sam. Her character is nothing special.

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    I THOUGHT WE THE PEOPLE STOPPED EATING MCDONALDS? THE HASH BROWNS WILL FOREVER BE THE BUSINESS, BUT I CAN'T BRING MYSELF TO BUY IT FOR MY SPROUTLETS!

  • MissyJ

    I had to go to the NY Times website and then search it... they probably don't want links.. they want the clicks on their website

  • Buttercup

    LMBO

  • Wildcat34

    They do....those men crave black women. Watch your every damn move!

  • Jusstlookn2

    Ms. Sandra The New York Times took down that page, respectfully please edit the post about Ms. Tubman and her sexual orientation. It is disrespectful. This is my opinion

    Kind Regards.

  • Jusstlookn2

    Ohh, thanks, I thought they took it down...
    They got anything in there about Ms. Tubman being a lesbian?

    Thanks Missy

  • Jusstlookn2

    I havent even at McDs in years. Stay away.

    Gosh I got stop typing while drinking.... "eaten"

  • http://theempirefiend.tumblr.com/ Bird

    Sandy are you calling queen Harriet a lesbian cause she weren't cute?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    What's the chick that was with Lucky, and Nicholas and Jason .... now that chick I could not damn stand ... goodie 2 shoes ... Got damn Elizabeth ... It took Carly to set her azz straight back when I was watching.... Carly wasn't shyt either but she owned it .... I couldn't stand Brenda when she returned ... annoyed my damn soul chile .... Not sure who is on there now ... I quit watching .... it got stupid to me

  • Buttercup

    I don't eat it often. We probably eat it 2-3 per year. Mama Butter lets Lil Butter eat whatever he wants, so he probably has it 10 times per year :barf:

  • Wildcat34

    Exactly...we can't take you seriously as Evette...hyped up like she had swallowed.. sweet tarts, a liter of Mountain Dew mixed with cough syrup and pop rocks!

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    ME AND MAMA LOW WOULD BE AT ODDS RIGHT THEN...LUCKILY SHE'S BEEN ON A HEALTH KICK SO THEY GET FRUIT AND HEALTHY CHIPS FROM ALDI BOL

    THE VEGGIE STRAWS? THEY FIGHT OVER THOSE

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    especially the slim ones chile ... ugh

  • Genia Gouch

    it's beyond disrespectful actually. I don't know how U.S. black history is taught or if it's even taught to the black youth educated in the United Kingdom. BUT having been here long enough Sandra Rose, you know better. And i am just reminded why i stopped reading your blogs. smh.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile ..... Taraji is very down to earth though .... but that was not the time for all of that (hood shyt) I bet she had her legs gapped and shyt clapping in that dress chile .....

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Lol I loved Taraji at the show. I thought it was refreshing. Those awards shows are always so stuffy.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    That was not the source awards ... know your audience .... adjust to the scenery

  • Buttercup

    He spends the entire summer with her 3 hours away, so I let them have their time. Thankfully, Lil Butter will reach his limit in junk food and fast food. He always goes back to fruit and salad.

  • MissyJ

    Shrugs.. me too! She wasn't ghetto to me.. just excited. And well she had to cheer for Regina because it was QUIET when she won.. after the perfunctory clap it was dead air as Regina walked..... DEAD

  • Wildcat34

    Yes! And don't be slim with a big rump...Their so nervous and goofy around us too!

  • missmiami305

    Can't hate on black women being supportive of each other. Even though, I didn't like the quote I LOVE HER and her work.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    They love nice tits tall skinny women .... chile .... and they are not big on azzes at all ...

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    *jacked

    By Jeff Hampton
    The Virginian-Pilot
    © April 11, 2009

    An
    Elizabeth City slave who escaped, most likely through the local
    Underground Railroad system, and later married famous former slave and
    abolitionist Harriet Tubman, is the focus of a new search to find
    details on his life.

    Tubman biographer Kate Clifford Larson and local Underground Railroad
    researcher and advocate Wanda Hunt-McLean are seeking more information
    about Nelson Davis. They are especially interested in details of his
    youth as a slave to a Charles family in Elizabeth City.

    "It would be great to report his story," Larson said. "He has a great history of his own to document."

    Based on a study mandated by Congress, t he National Park Service
    could establish sites in Auburn, N.Y., and other places associated with
    Tubman. Later in life, Tubman ran a small farm and a brick -making
    business in Auburn with Davis, her second husband, Larson said. More
    details on Davis' life would enhance the history, she said.

    Tubman escaped slavery in Maryland in 1849, according to Larson, a
    history professor at Simmons College in Boston and author of "Bound for
    the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero."

    Relying heavily on the Underground Railroad, Tubman helped free at
    least 70 slaves in the 1850s and 1860s, often risking her own life,
    according to Larson's research. She served as a nurse, cook, teacher,
    scout and spy for the Union forces during the Civil War. In 1863, Tubman
    led an armed raid under the command of Gen. James Montgomery against
    Confederates in South Carolina that helped free 700 slaves.

    Tubman and her first husband, John Tubman, were separated after she
    escaped to freedom. He was already free. By the time she returned, he
    had remarried. He was later killed in a dispute.

    In 1869, Tubman married Davis after meeting him at her boarding house in Auburn, Larson said.

    They ran a 7-acre farm and brick business. Davis died of tuberculosis in 1888.

    Davis was a slave in Elizabeth City when he likely escaped through
    the Underground Railroad in about 1861, possibly on the Pasquotank River
    and the Great Dismal Swamp, Larson said.

    Before his escape, it is believed, he was known as Nelson Charles and worked as a slave for a Charles family in Elizabeth City.

    He changed his name to Davis, his father's last name, after he escaped.

    Census records of 1850 show a George Charles with 22 slaves,
    including two males ages 5 and 6, about the age of Davis at the time.

    Larson said Davis served as a Union soldier who fought in several
    battles before being discharged in Texas at the end of the Civil War.

    Larson and Hunt-McLean are attempting to find more documentation of
    Davis or Tubman in North Carolina, Hunt-McLean said. Among other
    efforts, they plan to search records at Livingstone College in
    Salisbury, founded by Joseph Price, an African American from Elizabeth
    City.

    Hunt-McLean was instrumental in getting the Pasquotank River and the
    Great Dismal Swamp listed with the National Underground Railroad Network
    to Freedom.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Truth!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Shewt I eat it when I crave it ... just like any other food ... I cook mostly but hell ... these days tell me what's safe ... recall every week too and fro ....

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Ok only Cassadine I fawk with is Helena

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile.....

  • MissyJ

    Very nice....

    Now I'm not saying Harriet ghey.. She most certainly ain't if SR is saying she is, cause that's just her way... but somebody marital history means squat.. Bruce Jenner married 3 wemens and sired 2x as many chirren... and look at him now...

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    You done put up the entire article on that azz

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Girl yes! Elizabeth an angel but probably had more bodies than any other character in the shows 50 year existence.

  • Str8tUpMenace

    They're fuggin greedy

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    bawahahhahahah got a point there

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    SHUT IT (right now :P)
    She is saying something that I have never heard or read before. Wrong *bams desk*

  • Bootcampgirl

    The bad thing is, shat barely $1 anymore, now they like 1.29..wtf

  • BRING THE PAYNE

    BEAUTIFUL... I STOLE IT!!!hey Mz.305

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    WATT
    That's mess! ION play with food! #mstaketaughtme

  • Bootcampgirl

    Indeed, you definitely don't see that on the reg..

  • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    But Bruce is not gay. He's just a cross-dresser. Most cross-dressers are heterosexual men married to women.

  • MissyJ

    But he's starting to date men now....

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile preach ..... but swear she a saint chile and would keep fugging fools left and right ... and had the nerve to hound Carly about her shyt ... I was so hoping they would kill her whinning azz off ... chile thinks back when Lucky went in on that azz ... chile I need to watch that rip on da youtube .... that and Sonny when he went in on Alcazr's daughter playing him for a fool.... when she was the one behind shooting Michael .... chile you wanna laugh chile watch that spazz session

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    IN FACT MISSY J. EYE DEEEEMAND a retraction!!!!! :hahaha:
    :ghost: #gettaheditting :crying1:

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    IS Helena azz still living ... she done died bout 83 damn time

  • Str8tUpMenace

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!! Why?!?!?!?!?!?!?

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Basttid probably thinks he's pretty :wail:

  • BRING THE PAYNE

    (raises hands)THAY FRIES AND VANILLA ICE CREAM(with my LACTAID pills)make me grab my whole life!!!!:))))

  • Bootcampgirl

    BTW: They making a Shottas II, I think it comes out next month...Don't forget your Amazon Prime Sub tomorrow..one day only..

  • Bootcampgirl

    It's the steak, egg, and cheese bagel for me...:kona:

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile say whet ... oh hecks yes

  • WHITTYwithWORDS

    I like stefan when he was wasn't being a pu$$y.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    :shakebutt: :kiss:

  • WHITTYwithWORDS

    I wanna kick lil LIzzie in the face....mouse faced BYTCH.

  • BRING THE PAYNE

    Lol,hey Butta.LIL BUTTA got a cast iron stomach like most kids.him built for it .:)

  • WHITTYwithWORDS

    I liked Gia....The first one

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    :newpost:
    2 Ladies & A Baby :kona:

  • BRING THE PAYNE

    HOLLIN!!!!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I think this last one plays the best Carly ... I like the first one too .... but chile there was some scenes with this latest Carly I can not deny she owned the hell out that role ....

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Irked my soul chile !

  • BRING THE PAYNE

    I have been on GOOGLE trying to find sumthing... ANYTHING that says HT was gay.I haven't decided wood it matter if it were true. Or more to the point of...how did I miss this.

  • iWasteTime

    I love Kymani!

  • BRING THE PAYNE

    PLEASE tell me TI ain't in it!!!

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Does Spragga Benz still look good? Is he even going to be in it?

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Yes she done died 50-11 times ?

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Yes he had moments that would make Helena proud but he was weak for the most part

  • ~~eb

    Brenda ALWAYS got on my nerves! I think Vanessa Marcil is a TERRIBLE actress!

  • MzApple

    I love gh and to think i felt bad for her when Rick slept with Sam

  • Wildcat34

    Not as much...but some are starting to warm up.

  • ~~eb

    Sarah Brown (1st Carly) and Laura Wright (Current Carly) played the role the best. Tamara Braun was pretty good. There was another chick in there when Carly was in the crazy house and was a TOTAL miscast and didn't last long. I think her name was Jennifer Bernhard or something.

  • MzApple

    Lucky was fine, not the original the replacement the original was ok..but yeah Elizabeth was irritating

  • Buttercup

    Hey boo! He doesn't eat like that often, and grandparents are supposed to give the babies what they want.

  • Wildcat34

    Personally, I would've been mortified, but at least she had fun.

  • MzApple

    yes Jason is sexy

  • Wildcat34

    Not the source awards! LMAO! You ladies on this blog have me in tears every single day!

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    I loved her speech. She slays ant part she gets.

  • BRING THE PAYNE

    I feel you,cuz my lil knephew is all I have next to the grand baby I DONT!and his mom (my sister)tells me how ROTTEN I got him.gurl,he EXPECT fries whenever he see anything pretaining to mickiy d's!!!:))))

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    That's why she's stuck in soapland. Even Marissa is on Empire and still thriving

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Yeah I did too because she was also dealing with cancer. I still don't like character lol

  • Wildcat34

    LOL!! Just way too much!!

  • MzApple

    did anyone catch the video of the ghey rapper smoking with his son on his lap. he posted the video but when people had an opinion about it he said eff Y'all...smh

  • Shira Harding-James

    I loved her since nights in rodanthe with Richard Grier and Diane lane. She's been on SVU a few times as well and I've always thought she was just so beautiful and immensely talented!

  • BRING THE PAYNE

    Whet...where do I go to see THIS form of phuckery

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Lol I remember her from that movie! Didn't like the movie but she was great. Don't recall setting her on SVU but I'm sure she was excellent. If she's in it, it's with watching.

  • MzApple

    balleralert's instagram... its either rich homie quan or young thug (they both look the same to me :ugly and ghey)

  • BRING THE PAYNE

    AINT THEY APPLE!!!!they LITTLE & UGLY!!!

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    TOUCHÉ

  • scentsychick30

    Love Viola Davis that is all?her speech not for me?but great actress none the less?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    ???

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    As hell ! Lol

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I could have punched Brenda myself!

  • Sincerity7

    Congrats Viola! You is kind. You is smart. You is important.

  • Dee

    I really loved her speech. I felt the Harriet Tubman line was perfect. Did you see the looks on the sprites when she was reciting the line? It made them uncomfortable. That's what the U.S. needs. More people willing to stand up and make those uncomfortable moments.

  • Sexy CJ

    Viola,
    Stay true to yourself...............

  • $103237338

    I guess if she went up there and started shuckin and jivin then everything would be OK....

  • BLOODBLOOD

    Yesss I agree with you

  • missmiami305

    Hey Chile steal away

  • Enoughsaid2020

    Amazing actress, and beautiful. Congratulations to her!

  • 1/8

    I love that woman and last night's episode of How To Get Away With Murder did not disappoint.

  • 1/8

    I live for those uncomfortable moments. I call them growing pains.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Wendy's fries and a frosty.

  • Gemcards

    Viola Davis, one of the best still doing it!!!! She's too real for some people, but I Love it!!!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Love this .... and this is beyond true <3

  • BKLYNS MAMA

    I so love Viola in all the natural beauty...i hated when Wendy Williams suggest she wear wigs and not her natural hair. I think Viola looks beautiful with her natural hair....those wigs on her are horrible.

  • Jefferson Leroy Jefferson

    Applaud the Julliard alum.

  • Noize4u

    They made her a lesbian lastnight

  • Kilroy

    In the sea of white and those white wanna be, a glow of beautiful blackness, unfiltered by lightening creams or weaves.
    Congrat!

  • Candance

    I feel like the quote was appropriate! Damn 2015 the first black woman to win best actress.... yep seems appropriate to me!

  • Disqus

    Beautiful.

  • SameoleJ

    I don't think that it was shade. Taraji was happy for every woman of of color who won and I think she admires Viola, so to see a woman who has worked so hard at her craft win an award for an intelligent role, not a drug addict or dirty cop, etc., gave Taraji hope. Viola understood why she was so excited. I like the fact that Taraji behaved like herself and stood and clapped and showed her pride and excitement.