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Kerry Washington Says Hollywood Still Needs To Do Better With Diversity

Kerry Washington is opening up about diversity in Hollywood and how there is still much work to be done.

Speaking on the Hollywood the Sequel podcast, the 43-year-old Little Fires Everywhere producer and star talked about how theater is still centering whiteness.

“We look at ourselves to get better and do better,” Kerry says. “When we say we’re committed to diversity — it’s diverse from what? We’re still centering whiteness as the most important thing and inviting diversity around that or when we talk about inclusivity, there’s still an in and an out.”

She went on, “We’re still centering certain kinds of people and maybe in tiny fractions allowing other people to the table. There’s just so much of it that needs to reexamined. The simple answer is … I hope a lot of good [comes out of it] and that we can see each other, and have courage to make room for each other.”

Kerry also talked about how Hollywood can be better moving forward as a result of the entire Black Lives Matter movement.

“I think what people are realizing is that it’s not enough to just not be racist — that because our institution were built in the fabric of racism, because our country was born with Black Americans being designated a fraction of a human being — it’s not enough to just not be racist, we have to be actively anti-racist and for that desire to come from a deep understanding that we all deserve full rights of humanity,” she says.

Kerry continued, “Yes, all lives matter, but accepting to be in an anti-racist society, we affirm that Black lives matter. I think people are finally understand that and our institutions need to understand that — not just interpersonal relationships. It’s important we’re having these conversations at our dinner tables, in our class rooms and in our highest systems of government.”

Just recently, Kerry spoke with Jimmy Kimmel about teaching young kids about Black History.

Joshua Jackson Turned to Co-Stars Kerry Washington & Reese Witherspoon For Parenting Advice

Joshua Jackson is celebrating his first ever Father’s Day this year after wife Jodie Turner-Smith gave birth to their first child, a baby girl.

While chatting with THR in their new digital issue, the 42-year-old actor revealed he turned to his Little Fires Everywhere co-stars Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington for parenting advice.

“I was going through a pretty significant change during the show: I found out my wife was pregnant,” Josh shared as he named the two stars were the most supportive. “So having a collection of supermoms around me helped with everything from finding doctors to baby clothes to ‘what to expect’ advice.”

After welcoming their daughter in April, Joshua wrote a sweet letter to Jodie for her first Mother’s Day.

If you missed it, Joshua is sporting a much different hair style right now. See it here!

Kerry Washington Opens Up About How She Plans To Teach Black History To Her Kids

Kerry Washington made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday (June 8), where she opened up about how she’s teaching black history to her children.

The 43-year-old Little Fires Everywhere star explained that she hopes social change will inspire a new way of educating children on Black History, including her own two, Isabella and Caleb.

“The thing I’ve been thinking about a lot, honestly, with my kids—and with my friends’ kids — I’ve been thinking a lot about education and a lot about talking about race and introducing ideas of race,” she shared. “And really thinking about the idea that for a lot of kids—kids are introduced to race at Black History Month or in the concept of change-makers like Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks.”

Kerry went on, “It’s really important that we start to introduce the idea of race with a Black History that begins before teaching kids what black people were told they couldn’t do, right? So, there’s Maasai Warriors and the kingdoms of Ghana and Queen Nefertiti and the pyramids of Egypt.”

“But this idea of teaching kids that Black History and Black people were a lot of things before segregation and Jim Crow and the Civil Rights Movement,” Kerry added. “So that we understand the beautiful complexity and elegance and richness of Black History before refusing to be put in the back of the bus.”

Kerry has been outspoken about the surge of racial injustice protests on her social media, and even hosts a yoga hour on her Instagram for fans.

Here’s what she recently shared about fans starting to stream her movie, American Son, to learn more about systemic racism.

Kerry Washington Is Reacting to People Watching Her Netflix Movie 'American Son' Amid Protests

Kerry Washington‘s movie on Netflix, American Son, is getting a lot of love from citizens who are wanting to deepen their understanding about racial injustice.

The 43-year-old actress took to Instagram tonight, revealing she’s happy they’re watching.

“It makes me so happy that people are watching #AmericanSon on @netflix to deepen their compassion and understanding,” Kerry shared in her caption.

She added, “My dream for this film was to spark conversations that would lead to change. What questions are popping up for you as you watch or after you watch?”

Kerry, who stars in the movie opposite Steven Pasquale and Jeremy Jordan, also produced the film.

American Son centers on two estranged parents who reunite in a police station in Miami seeking answers about their missing son.

You can stream the movie on Netflix now.

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All 7 'Scandal' Seasons to Stream on Hulu After Netflix Drops the Show

Scandal fans were devastated to learn that the hit ABC show is being removed from Netflix on May 18, 2020.

Well, we’ve just learned that Hulu acquired the rights to the hit show and all seven seasons will begin streaming on May 20!

The series was created by Shonda Rhimes and stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, Guillermo Diaz as Huck, Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan, Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins, Tony Goldwyn as President Fitzgerald Grant, Jeff Perry as Cyrus, Bellamy Young as First Lady Mellie Grant, Scott Foley as Jake Ballard, and more.

Find out every TV show leaving Netflix in May.

The 'Little Fires Everywhere' TV Show Changed the Book's Ending - Here's How

SPOILER ALERT – This post contains spoilers for the season finale of Hulu’s Little Fires Everywhere, so don’t continue reading if you don’t want to know what happened.
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The eighth and final episode of Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington‘s series Little Fires Everywhere premiered on April 22 and we finally know how everything ended.

Some of the things we were waiting to find out included who set the fire in the Richardson home and who would win the trial for custody of Mirabelle/May Ling.

The way the TV show ended was actually different than the way the book, written by Celeste Ng, ended.

“I think there was a desire, and I don’t even really know where it emerged, to play with the ending a little bit so that there could be surprises for people who loved the book, but to do that while still honoring the reality and the truth that Celeste [Ng] was getting at in the book,” Kerry told EW. “So we kind of swung a lot of different directions and played with a lot of different ideas about what it could be, but this was the one that felt like it was both a fun twist for people who loved the book but also was still walking in the footprints of Celeste‘s vision.”

Click inside to find out how it all ended… More Here! »

Kerry Washington's Color-Coordinated Bookshelves Are On Display for 'Together at Home'

Kerry Washington was one of the many guests who were featured on the One World: Together at Home special and something that people noticed was that her bookshelves were color-coordinated!

The Emmy-nominated actress filmed a segment for the special from her home and it looks like she might be in an office or den. The bookcase behind her has shelves for blue books, yellow books, and red books.

Kerry delivered an important message about maintaining your mental and emotional wellbeing during this challenging time.

“I want to start by saying thank to you to our essential frontline workers who are risking everything to keep us safe,” Kerry said. “Those of us who are able to practice social distancing and stay home, we are in a very fortunate position and it is in no small part thanks to you. And also, no matter who you are and what circumstances you are facing, these are challenging times.”

“Even if you are staying home with family or by yourself, we are all struggling with different emotions. Practicing social distancing is critical, but we also need to consider how isolation may affect our mental and emotional wellbeing,” Kerry continued. “So, whether you are at home or on the frontline, if you’re worried about how this unprecedented time is going to impact your mental and emotional wellbeing, you are not alone.”