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Viola Davis Celebrates Birthday by Sharing Photo of Plantation Where She Was Born

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*Viola Davis celebrated her birthday by sharing a photo of her birth home, which is located on a former plantation in South Carolina.

“The above is the house where I was born August 11, 1965. It is the birthplace of my story,” Davis posted on Instagram (see post below). “Today on my 55th year of life… I own it… all of it.”

She also shared a “Cherokee Birth Blessing” that read, “May you live long enough to know why you were born.”

After fans and media outlets reported that she had purchased the property, the actress clarified “contrary to websites… I do not ‘own’ above house, I ‘own’ my STORY!! Too abstract I guess,” she wrote in the comments of the photo.

READ MORE: Vanity Fair Taps First Black Photographer Ever for Viola Davis Cover

As reported by CBS, Davis previously discussed the “horrific” history of the property in a 2016 interview.

“I wasn’t on it long, because I was the fifth child, and so we moved soon after I was born,” she said. “I mean, I went back to visit briefly but still not aware of the history. I think I read one slave narrative of someone who was on that plantation which was horrific. One hundred and sixty acres of land, and my grandfather was a sharecropper. Most of my uncles and cousins, they’re farmers. That’s the choice that they had.”

“My mom says that the day I was born, all of my aunts and uncles were in the house, she said, everyone was drinking and laughing, and having fun,” she continued. 

Davis has also spoken out about her upbringing and the impact living in poverty has on families. 

“[I] realized we were poor,” she said in a 2019 interview with O Magazine. “But I was making my way through it. You either hope or you don’t. And it was hope and dreams that made me put my feet on the floor every morning and just approach every day with a sense of enthusiasm. It was my fight or flight that kicked in.”

Davis said despite the “decimated environment” of her childhood family home, she loves hearing her birth because “it’s not always about things, you know.”

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‘Bridezillas’ Exclusive Clip: Symoan HATES the Wedding Dresses! [WATCH]

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*Bridezillas” returns to WE tv this week and we have an exclusive clip of the shenanigans set to go down in the episode!

In our excluaive clip, bridesmaid Symoan hates all of her dresses one day before the wedding! What is she going to do now? And what happens when the elder women in her life side-eye the designer? Watch the moment go down via the YouTube clip above.

Here’s more about the new season of “Bridezillas” from the press release:

“Bridezillas” returns to WE tv this fall spotlighting ‘normal’ women who have turned into ‘Bridezillas,’ all in the name of planning the ‘perfect’ wedding. The fan favorite phenomenon, which was filmed prior to quarantine, returns for season 13 on Thursday, September 24 at 10:00 pm ET/PT, with the addition of Emmy Award and NAACP Image Award winner Loni Love as the new voice of its signature series. This season, Bridezillas bust budgets and battle bridesmaids to slay on their perfect day. These strong, sassy brides will stop at nothing to have the wedding of their dreams!

Elsewhere in this week’s episode, Hot Mess Express Symoan’s wedding morning meltdown mode puts the whole day in jeopardy. Nigerian Queen Evelyn demands perfection for her two weddings, but she has to face off with a venue owner who might be a bigger diva than she is. 

Don’t miss the madness unfold when “Bridezillas” airs Thursday at 10/9c on WE tv.

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Naomi Campbell Stuns on Vogue Cover, Talks Racism and Mentoring Black Models

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*Naomi Campbell opens up in the November issue of Vogue about racism in the fashion industry and how she’s mentoring the next generation of Black models.

“Now you understand the strength of my family,” Campbell told the publication while accompanied by her mom and aunts in London. “You understand where I come from.”

The 50-year-old iconic supermodel stuns in a white Dior Haute Couture gown on the Vogue cover. Inside the issue, she slams the British media, calls out her country for not doing more to address racism and shares details about her personal life amid the ongoing COVID pandemic. 

“I was quite happy to be on my own. I know how to cook. I know how to clean. It’s actually good to get to really know every nook and cranny of your home. I mean, I have to be really honest,” Campbell tells the publication. 

READ MORE: Naomi Campbell Sued for Millions By Billionaire Ex Vladislav Doronin

“I stopped smoking during quarantine, but a friend of mine killed himself, and it really affected me. I called my guy in Israel – he’s great for sugar and cigarettes and addiction stuff – and we’re going to do a session. He told me to just get through this week first,” she added.

Campbell also addresses systemic racism in the issue, particularly in her native England. 

“There were a few things that I would do when I was younger that I was told were bad for my race,” she told Vogue. “Now the things I do are not just for me anymore. I think more of my culture and my race, as opposed to thinking about just me.”

And when it comes to the “angry Black woman” stereotype, Campbell admits “I am quite over it.”

“Is it now that we have permission to speak? Well, I have always spoken,” she said.

Campbell also shares with the fashion magazine that she’s writing her autobiography.

“I had this old-school way of looking at it as having to put pen to paper,” she said. “But I had a lovely lunch last year with Clarence Avant. I asked him, ‘Clarence, How do you do it? How do you start writing?’ And he told me, ‘Just start from anywhere. Don’t start from the beginning.’ So it is going to happen!”

You can read her full Vogue feature here.

Vogue’s November issue is available on newsstands nationwide on Oct. 27.

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Trump Fires Shots at NBC News Correspondent Kristen Welker Ahead of Presidential Debate

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*The final 2020 presidential debate will go down Thursday, October 22 (9 pm ET) at Belmont University in Nashville, TN, and Trump has already fired shots at Kristen Welker, the moderator of the event. 

Trump claims Welker is crazy and biased in favour of Biden, calling her “terrible and unfair” in a tweet on Saturday. 

“She’s always been terrible & unfair, just like most of the Fake News reporters, but I’ll still play the game. The people know! How’s Steve Scully doing?” Trump tweeted along with a retweet from son Donald Trump Jr., linking Welker and her family to prominent Democrats.

According to Fox News,Welker’s family has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Democrats over the years. In 2012, the veteran journalist and her family spent Christmas at the White House with the Obamas. 

READ MORE: Kristen Welker: Former ‘TODAY’ Intern Tapped for New Weekend Anchor Spot [WATCH]

Trump’s comment about Steve Scully is in reference to when then C-SPAN journalist was suspended for allegedly lying about his Twitter account being hacked. The incident occurred before he was set to moderate the Oct. 15 debate between Trump and Biden. The event was ultimately canceled.

Welker briefly deactivated her Twitter account after Scully claimed he had been hacked, according to the report. 

Earlier this year, Welker, an NBC News White House correspondent, was tapped to serve as the new weekend co-anchor of the “Today” program.

Welker started her career at the network as a “Today” intern more than 20 years ago and now she replaced Sheinelle Jones as weekend co-anchor with fellow NBC News White House correspondent Peter Alexander.

“To have come here as an intern for the Today show, to shoot that reel… I looked so serious,” Welker said after watching an old clip of herself reading the news for her demo reel at age 21. “To be terrified like that and then to come and sit at this desk, to sit next to my friend Peter Alexander every Saturday, it is the honor of a lifetime.”

Welker will be the first Black woman to moderate the presidential debate.

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