broaden the spectrum of whose stories we deem to have value: “We’re looking to do diverse work that brings more and more people to the table – anyone whose voice is underrepresented. We’re trying to carve out a space for them at the table of empowered storytelling.” She will act in about
a third of those stories, she says, but all of them will be shaped by her hands-on input.
The actress knows, like few
others of her generation, that to carve out one space can mean opening up a whole palace. When Scandal debuted in 2012, she was the lone black actress anchoring a network drama. “I was exhausted from doing interviews about being the first black woman on Tv [in a dramatic series lead] in 40 years,”