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‘General Hospital’ Star Rips Viola Davis’ Emmy Speech: ‘She Has Never Been Discriminated Against’



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General Hospital star Nancy Lee Grahn

*Nancy Lee Grahn, better known as Alexis Cassadine on “General Hospital,” did not appreciate Viola Davis’ acceptance speech at the Emmy Awards and fired off a series of tweets attacking the star for choosing the moment to highligh the plight of black women in Hollywood. Grahn even belittled Viola’s Harriet Tubman quote.

Needless to say, she has been shredded by Black Twitter.

Actress Viola Davis (C) accepts Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series award for 'How to Get Away with Murder' from actor Adrien Brody (L) onstage during the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Actress Viola Davis (C) accepts Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series award for ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ from actor Adrien Brody (L) onstage during the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

After winning for best actress in a drama series, the “How to Get Away With Murder” star opened her speech with a Harriet 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.

Davis went on to say, “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is simply opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there. …So here’s to all the writers, the awesome people — people who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black.”

After the speech, Grahn vented via Twitter: “I wish I loved #ViolaDavis Speech, but I thought she should have let @shondarhimes write it.”

Grahn continued: “Im a f**king actress for 40 yrs. None of us get respect or opportunity we deserve. Emmys not venue 4 racial opportunity. ALL women belittled.”

The soap star even railed against Viola’s Harriet Tubman mention, tweeting: “i heard harriet Tubman and I thought Its a f**king emmy for gods sake. She wasnt digging thru a tunnel.”

Grahn deleted most of the tweets, but not before BuzzFeed captured and posted them. The outlet pointed out Grahn’s hypocrisy in tweeting praise for white actress Patricia Arquette when she used her Emmy acceptance speech to highlight the plight of women in Hollywood, while disparaging Davis for doing the same regarding black women.

Once the Internet convened to set her straight, Grahn tried to moonwalk back her comments – only making things worse.

She suggested that Davis hasn’t experienced discrimination in Hollywood. “I think she’s the bees knees but she’s elite of TV performers,” she tweeted to a fan. “Brilliant as she is. She has never been discriminated against.”

Amidst even more backlash, Grahn began a series of apologies.

“I never mean to diminish her accomplishment. I wish I could get her roles. She is a goddess. I want equality 4 ALL women, not just actors,” she wrote. “I apologize 2 anyone who I offended. I’m women advocate since I became one. After reading responses, I hear u and my tweet was badly phrased.”

She followed up with a lengthier apology.

“I apologize for my earlier tweets and now realize I need to check my own privilege,” Grahn wrote. “My intention was not to take this historic and important moment from Viola Davis or other women of color but I realize that my intention doesn’t matter here because that is what I ended up doing. I learned a lot tonight and I admit that there are still some things I don’t understand but I am trying to and will let this be a learning experience for me.”

But it was too little, too late. Below, a sampling of how Twitter sliced and diced this woman:



  1. kates1221

    September 21, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Why the hell is she apologizing? She said what she meant and she meant what she said. Own it Nancy Whoever-You-Are and stop groveling. Btw. Viola Davis is one of the greatest actors in the world, of any race. She deserves that award and much more. It’s about time.

  2. Keeba

    September 21, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Nancy Lee Grahn is privileged so she hardly knows the plight of the Black woman and that the opportunity for Black actresses is not always available.

    Of course, men are paid more than women are but the Black woman is paid less than White women [are]. Alternatively, Viola Davis is the first Black woman to win an Emmy for the best actress in a drama, so of course she would deliver a speech that speaks of an opportunity to receive recognition for her hard work.

    Congratulations to Ms. Davis! She deserves it and MUCH more!

  3. NYCsoul

    September 21, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    There are a lot of yt women who think just like that actress, famous or not. Black women are only ‘women’ when it furthers their agenda and they are the ones doing the leading and defining of womanhood. Same old story, just a different day. Congrats to Viola.

  4. Taurusingr

    September 21, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Umm I’m sorry (not really!) but someone please remind me of….”HTF would this Becky “know” WTF VD has been through???!!! See?, this is JUSt like a weakass jelly racist, to attempt to tell YO ass “ABOUT”….yo OWN ass!!! As IF you neeeed “dey” ass or somehow have “forgotten”!!, what “they” have remembered happened to YO ass!!??? Wooooooooow,! Ooooooh what “niggery” this weak jelly threatened White bytch brings. “BYTch?…STFUuuuuuup!!!

  5. Ronnie

    September 21, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    miss viola hold your head high and just ignore the rudeness of this white actress. You don’t let no one still you blessings. If I were a fan of general hospital I would stop watching it after that stupid comment

  6. My opinion

    September 21, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Congratulations to Viola Davis you deserve the win, Boo to you nancy grahn, your an idiot.
    How would you know the plight of a black actress in Hollywood? you not black. Typical white folks ignorance. I was at a local supply store this weekend and I had a problem with an order I was there waiting about 30 or 40 minutes. so this white guy proceeds to call another employee over to wait on him because he waited 12 minutes, I held my cool and told the employee she was doing a good job being that she was answering phones, paging other employees and checking out customers. If I could patiently wait almost an hour that jackass could wait 12 minutes without it killing him.

  7. Marie

    September 21, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    I will never argue the point that black actors and actresses have and still are not getting the parts in movies and television they deserve. The playing field needs to be leveled and more parts written for African Americans. However, if they want white America to stop viewing them as being “different” maybe for once they could stop reminding the white community that they’re black at every turn. We are all moving forward-slowly, but we’re moving forward. We have a long way to go to get to the point where we look at each other as being just people and not defined by our color creed or race.

    • NYCsoul

      September 22, 2015 at 7:02 am

      The issue is not reminding white people that they are black, the issue is that whites like to continually reminded us that we are still second-class citizens. Black people didn’t create the ideas of european hegemony and supremacy. As long as blacks have been in America, there should not have been a ‘first black’ this or that. It is not black people’s job to make yt feel comfortable. The Jews don’t do it; the Latin community isn’t nor is the gay community either. In order to move forward, perhaps the issue should be appreciating and respecting one’s differences instead of just ‘tolerating’ people.

    • hhcassius

      September 22, 2015 at 8:11 am

      Wow, the self-hatred is stunning.

    • hhcassius

      September 22, 2015 at 8:13 am

      I guess beyond the fact that she posted repeatedly about this, and THEN redacted with a lukewarm apology that abdicated all responsibility for her prior comments, WHO IN THE HELL IS THIS HEFFA? DON’T NOBODY KNOW YOU!! WE DON’T FUX WITCHU!!!!

    • Keeba

      September 22, 2015 at 5:45 pm

      Perhaps when there is proven equality for all, Blacks will stop making such a big deal about our Blackness and the hard road we have had to travel and the ongoing and continued hindrances we are forced to face.
      Perhaps when that playing field is leveled and there are more opportunities then we will stop making such a big deal of what it is like to play in a different field.
      Blacks are not reminding Whites that we are Black but are reminding ourselves of what it took to achieve such hard-earned successes. Additionally, it is a reminder to other Blacks that although the road is hard and long, that with perseverance they can achieve it too – no matter the obstacles.
      Although the change has to start somewhere, as you said, “we have a long way to go”.

  8. Winnie

    September 22, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    You can’t fix STUPID.

    • Taurusingr

      September 23, 2015 at 4:04 am

      Well….I know what you mean?, but…I believe you can ONLY when/if….THE “STUPID ARE COUNTERED, CHALLENGED & HELD ACCOUNTABLE “FOR” their stupidity!! The prollum eeah?, NO ONE “IS” CHALLENGING THESE RACiST!!! And so, like when any “other” habit or snowball” is allowed to continue/roll…the issue/problem becomes larger. Nowadays?, these bigots feel “emboldened & supported”!!!, b/c the preceding offenders of racist behavior are basically being..”REWARDED”!!!, for being racist. Ex…Police are given “leave WITH pay” for “KILLING INNOCENT BLACK PEOPLE”!! i.e…”VACAY PAY”!!? Basically….every since Joe Wilson disrespectfully yelled out & called POTUS “liar” in that assembly?, the shyt has been UN checked & allowed! And so, when everyone “saw” that NOTHING!! was happening to these racists, even when they dissed THE POTUS??!!, is has been an exercise in MALhuman behavior. And so this bytch/YT felt/feels “COMFORTABLE”!!!, being/saying/DOing this racist shyt, b/c the know NOthing’s gonna happen TO them!! Just goes to show, that no matter HOW blatantly wrong, evil or morally egregious, these so called “adult Chriiiiiiistiiiiiiiians”, will reveal their immature narcissistic BS, & act out like the threatened children they have always been…inside. Much like that mob in the movie “Rosewood”, they KNEW they were wrong?, but just didn’t GAD about ..”who” they were being wrong “TO”!! So you see, it’s more of an “evil/consciously wrong” thang vs….stupid. And “We” (good people of EVERY hue!) just have to care more about “right” than “they” do! “BOOM”! ?

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The Virtual United Negro College Fund Tour Heads to NY, DC & NJ on Fri & Sat-Nov. 20 & 21 (EUR EXCLUSIVE!)




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*African American students interested in going to college can attend the United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) Fall 2020 virtual Empower Me Tour. Set for this Friday and Saturday (November 20 & 21, 2020), New York, District of Columbia, and New Jersey will be repped. (This year’s tour kicked off earlier this month in Wisconsin and Illinois). To register, go here.

The Empower Me Tour is an extension of the goals of the UNCF. Founded in 1944, the UNCF, a non-profit, has raised more than $5 billion and helped more than 500,000 students attend 37 private historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

The EUR caught up with Stacey Lee, the tour’s director for four years, who discussed the importance of the event.

“The UNCF is the nation’s largest provider of education support to minority students,” said Lee. “The Empowerment Tour has been executed for the past 12 years and last year along we offered over $12 million dollars in scholarships.”

MORE NEWS/RELATED: BMEE Authors: Urgent Steps Are Necessary to Address Implicit Bias in Early Education  

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Stacey Lee, director of the Empower Me Tour. (Photo credit: UNCF)

Lee continued, “I think the great thing is that during these times, even with COVID-19, is that a number of corporations (Wells Fargo/P&/FedEx/Disney/Goldman Sachs) and donors have really been providing opportunity and financial access to our schools and students.”

The tour is packed with information and resources so that students and parents have the right tools to make informed decisions.

“It’s a free event that provides educational support, scholarships, interviews with colleges, empowerment, and information on how to get to and through college. We also provide this information for parents as well. We have a parent section that focuses on financial aid and the things you need to get your students to college.”

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Source: Empower Me Tour

Lee continued, “Sometimes we have students that don’t realize that they can attend college. They can receive scholarships. Some of them don’t even know what an HBCU is. So, it’s inspirational for me to see these students receive this information and the excitement that’s around this tour.”

In addition to college information, panel sessions on issues affecting the community will also take place. Legendary rapper Bun B will be part of a special My Black Is Beautiful panel. The panel will have discussions with girls and boys and the MC will lead the male portion.

“It’s about empowerment,” Bun B told the EUR. “It’s vital for us to lift each other up and amplify each other’s voices. We just talk about now what that role is in this COVID world. And with everything that we are seeing with young Black men on television, we want to keep them motivated and centered. We want to make sure that they are not discouraged in this moment.”

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Legendary rapper Bun B is a panelist at the Empower Me Tour. (Photo credit: UNCF)

Ever since Kamala Harris threw her hat into the presidential race and elected vice president of the United States, a spotlight has shined on the fact that she’s an HBCU grad (Howard University) and member of the African American sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha. These facts are not lost on the UNCF.

“Kamala has really boosted people’s awareness about HBCUs and (African American sororities) and the type of people that come out of HBCUs. HBCUS have also provided so many people from science, mathematics, and engineering programs (STEM).”

Bun B added, “We have more than enough examples to show you how beneficial an education from an HBCU can be. So, there is no reason to not be a part of an HBCU because the world is just as available to you as it is for anyone else attending any other type of university.”

Register for the virtual Empower Me Tour on November 20 & 21, 2020 here. Spring tour dates will be announced soon. For general information on the United Negro College Fund, go here.

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(Photo credit: UNCF)

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New Music Buzz: Jazzy Rita Shelby’s ‘Goodbye 2020’



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Goodbye 2020 Jazzy Rita Shelby

After all that’s happened this year, it’s time to say Goodbye 2020. New single available by Jazzy Rita Shelby at most digital platforms.

*SB Music presents “Goodbye 2020” a new single for the times we are in.

“Goodbye 2020” is performed by Jazzy Rita Shelby and written by Miss Shelby (ASCAP) and Eddie Lawrence Miller (BMI).

It’s the perfect anthem to end a year that has impacted the globe.

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Jazzy Rita Shelby is fed up with this year and elated about her new single “Goodbye 2020.” Avail now from SB Music (Written by L. Shelby & E. Miller)

EURweb’s Jazzy Rita is also a prolific lyricist who has teamed up with Eddie Miller for “Goodbye 2020” because it was timely and convenient for the birth of a song such as this.

Eddie Miller is a coveted keyboardist & vocalist who performs regularly with Brian Culbertson and he’s the Rhodes Festival musical director. Jazzy Rita rose to notoriety as host & performer at The Starlight Jazz Serenade, an annual benefit concert in North Hollywood with an A list of stars.  As a teen Miss Shelby was inspired to write songs by the legendary David Porter.

This year has been a year like no other.  “Goodbye 2020” is an ode to the world for the year that we have seen and the hope that lies ahead.  Radio Programmers click here for adds.

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“Goodbye 2020” is released on the SB Music label and was recorded at Wishing Wells Studio in Canoga Park, CA.  Willie Daniels and Mildred Black perform background vocals along with Jazzy Rita.  The video is produced & directed by Jazzy Rita (LaRita Shelby), filmed & edited by Reggie Simon of Simon Vision Media, with wardrobe styling by Jazzy Rita and Poet Roni Girl’s Army Couture.  “Goodbye 2020” is available on most digital platforms.  Click here to listen on Spotify.


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Celebrate Halloween with ‘Spell’ Starring Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine and John Beasley / WATCH




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*Today/TONIGHT is Halloween and what could be a more perfect way to celebrate than with the release of SPELL? Enjoy the clips below to get you in the spooky spirit!

Omari Hardwick (“Power,” Sorry to Bother You), Loretta Devine (“Black-ish,” Crash) and John Beasley (The Sum of All FearsThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) star in the terrifying thriller SPELL, coming to Premium Video-On-Demand and Digital today October 30 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

While flying to his father’s funeral in rural Appalachia, an intense storm causes Marquis (Omari Hardwick) to lose control of the plane carrying him and his family.  He awakens wounded, alone and trapped in Ms. Eloise’s (Loretta Devine) attic, who claims she can nurse him back to health with the Boogity, a Hoodoo figure she has made from his blood and skin. Unable to call for help, Marquis desperately tries to outwit and break free from her dark magic and save his family from a sinister ritual before the rise of the blood moon.

WHOA! READ THIS: Disabled Siblings Found Living with Dead Body of Mother Decomposing Under Pile of Clothes

DIRECTED BY | Mark Tonderai


STARRING | Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine, John Beasley

AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL PLATFORMS | Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, DirecTV, VUDU, Xfinity, FandangoNOW and more.

Rating | R – violence, disturbing/bloody images, and language







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