One of my all-time favorite TV series is Scandal. (Tell me you’ve watched it!)
I mean it has it ALL. Great actors. Conflict and off-the-chain storylines. Politics. Suspense. SUPERIOR writing. Murder. Sex. EVERYTHING. Lisa and I love it!
And that’s just one of the many reasons I’m choosing to honour Shonda Rhimes today—the executive producer of Scandal.
She produced Grey’s Anatomy, too. #hitseries
Before that, Shonda earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She then focused on scriptwriting, for the HBO movie Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999), starring Halle Berry, Crossroads, the debut film of pop singer Britney Spears, Disney’s sequel to its popular movie, The Princess Diaries (2001), and a TV pilot for ABC.
The list goes on and on.
In 2007, Rhimes was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 People Who Help Shape the World (keep reading if you don’t know why!).
In 2015, she published her first book, a memoir, Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person.
Here’s what Oprah had to say about Shonda:
“She’s a storyteller for our times. Courageous in her approach to the work, she’s never played by other people’s rules. She introduced us to Grey’s Anatomy with an African-American chief of surgery and an Asian character with leading plotlines. Gay, straight, single, divorced, lost, searching—everybody gets a seat at Shonda’s table.”
I hold that close to my heart. #sheseesusALL
It’s just like Scandal star Kerry Washington said: “Shonda allows for more people than ever before to see themselves and feel as though the world sees them, too.”
And that’s why she was honoured with the Ally for Equality award in 2015, at the Human Rights Campaign Gala.
And I want to share one more thing with you now, from Shonda herself, because it is just THAT good …
When she was asked about her role in “diversifying” television, she said:
“I really hate the word ‘diversity,’ it suggests something … other. As if it is something … special. Or rare,” Rhimes said. “As if there is something unusual about telling stories involving women and people of color and LGBTQ characters on TV. I have a different word: NORMALIZING. I’m normalizing TV.
The goal is that everyone should get to turn on the TV and see someone who looks like them and loves like them. And just as important, everyone should turn on the TV and see someone who doesn’t look like them and loves like them. Because, perhaps then, they will learn from them.”
Yes, yes, and MORE YES!!
I thank Shonda for sharing her gifts, and defying impossible!!!
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With all the love my heart can hold…