Why we love her:
For the steel-nerved badassery, she brings to every role. (Remember Tara, the nothing-but-the-truth-telling human turned vampire on the fantastical True Blood ?)
What she’s up to:
Starring as Nova Bordelon on OWN’s family drama Queen Sugar, back for its fourth season June 12.
What she can’t live without:
HUGS FROM MY FIANCÉE.
After a hectic 12-hour day on set that leaves me exhausted, Shonda is there with arms literally wide open. I could choose to bring work home and unload on her, but instead, we get a moment of peace and stillness.
MY COFFEE TABLE.
It’s covered in books I’ve received from Ava DuVernay, a signed The Wisdom of Sundays book from Oprah, and magazine covers featuring Serena Williams, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Lupita Nyong’o. Seeing beautiful blackness spread across the table fills me with pride and hope.
NOW AND LATER CANDIES.
I’ve loved them ever since they cost only 5 cents. I’ll buy an entire box at a gas station, and the attendant usually looks at my teeth to make sure they’re all still there. But I don’t eat them whenever I want; apparently, you’re not supposed to have candy every day.
“LIKE THE WAY I DO” BY MELISSA ETHERIDGE.
I’ve been singing that song at k