Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Yvette Nicole Brown Find a New Way to Protest Due to COVID-19

How to Get Away With Murder‘s Viola Davis, Self-Made Octavia Spencer, and The Big Fib’s Yvette Nicole Brown find a safer way to protest due to Covid-19.

Alexandria Jordan

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Posted On: June 5th, 2020 10:58 pm pst

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While everyone is gathering in large numbers protesting the nation against racism and police brutality, three phenomenal actresses found a different way to still take part. 

Actress Yvette Nicole Brown wanted to still participate in the protest but due to COVID-19 and being a caregiver for her 78 year father, she couldn’t take part in person, so she decided to safely participate by creating her own protest.

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The Big Fib host along with Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, formed a “Tiny but Mighty” protest on the street corner of Studio City, Los Angeles. 

“My friends @octaviaspencer & @violadavis invited me to join them in protesting the horror our nation is collectively fighting as a small but MIGHTY, socially-distanced band of voices. I am grateful they included me,” Brown wrote on Instagram. 

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(Not-so) FUN FACT: I have diabetes. I am also a full-time caregiver to my dad who is 78 & has dementia. Those two reasons have made joining one of the larger protests too big of a risk for me and ultimately my papa during this pandemic. My friends @octaviaspencer & @violadavis know that and invited me to join them in protesting the horror our nation is collectively fighting as a small but MIGHTY, socially-distanced band of voices. I am grateful they included me. And I am even more grateful that as we commandeered this corner and shouted #BlackLivesMatter & #ICantBreathe in honor of all the lives we lost, we were greeted by horns, fists of all colors raised in the air in solidarity and even pizza gifted to us by Russ a man who lived across the street from the intersection we chose, who wanted to do HIS part to support the cause. For all these reasons and more, I believe we WILL make it to the other side of this, guys. And when we do, it will be because we came together as a nation and each fought the good fight in our own way, yet as one! Today was a good day! Super Fun Fact: @tanikaray happened to drive past our #TinyButMighty protest and captured it on her phone. She posted it on her page not knowing it was us. We celebrated the kind woman who drove past three times exuberantly honking, not realizing until the third time that it was her. ❤️ #SmallWorld! Small, great world! Love y’all!

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All three ladies took to Instagram to post footage from their protest. How to Get Away with Murder star Viola Davis wrote, 

“The above was my elixir. My rage and pain, like many Black Americans is rooted in the depth of my soul. Too many years of being asked to numb it, has caused it to implode. But standing with these beautiful souls in protest and the reception of love and being seen was like a vaccine.”

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The above was my elixir. My rage and pain, like many Black Americans is rooted in the depth of my soul. Too many years of being asked to numb it, has caused it to implode. But standing with these beautiful souls in protest and the reception of love and being seen was like a vaccine. We will no longer be silent when we are being erased. We will no longer work overtime to make you comfortable in the midst of microagressions and hate. We will no longer justify or excuse you for murdering us, suppressing us. We want what you want. We will no longer put up with you reducing our hopes and dreams. We will NOT excuse our failures because it is our right to fail and get back up. What we will do, what we've always done is give and receive love when we are shown it. We will sit at the table beside you. But this time…from now on….we will no longer beg for a seat. Because….by God, we deserve to be there. 🙏🏿🙏🏿❤❤

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Self-Made star Octavia Spencer shared, 

“The images of people from multi-generations, faiths, and ethnic groups coming together on one accord, resoundingly, for equality! So, for those of you who are feeling hurt or judged for speaking out for the first time, or are reticent to because you don’t know what to say. This is an awakening for you. Just as I don’t expect a newborn to walk as soon as it opens it’s eyes, I don’t expect you to be perfect. I expect you to be human, to see me as human.” 

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This week has been tough! I’ve never been so anxious, so stressed. Every day seemed to grow longer as I got less and less sleep. I’ve counseled many, and leaned on others for some peace of mind! We’re in a pandemic. The world’s economy is at a standstill. Civil unrest in many countries. we’re still trying to figure out how to love one another. The confluence of one racial event after another…whew! My one true north has been my Faith in God, but the protests around the world are renewing my faith in man. The images of people from multi-generations, faiths, and ethnic groups coming together on one accord, resoundingly, for equality! So, for those of you who are feeling hurt or judged for speaking out for the first time, or are reticent to because you don’t know what to say. This is an awakening for you. Just as I don’t expect a newborn to walk as soon as it opens it’s eyes, I don’t expect you to be perfect. I expect you to be human, to see me as human. To the people out there marching en masse: I see you. I feel you. I thank you. The revolution is happening out in the world, but the evolution indoors is just as important. Have those tough conversations. It’s uncomfortable, but understand my community has been in pain for generations. Anyway, had a socially distant, corner protest with @violadavis @yvettenicolebrown @luvelisaperry @juveeproductions @thepatrickgoudeau and we were shown such kindness. Thanks #quickiesPizza for sending us sodas and water. Thank you to an elderly Italian guy named Russ who bought pizza for the group of about 15 strangers! #FreedomIsRinging #BLM 🎥 @thepatrickgoudeau

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Brown stated that people passing by showed support of their mini protest. 

“And I am even more grateful that as we commandeered this corner and shouted #BlackLivesMatter & #ICantBreathe in honor of all the lives we lost, we were greeted by horns, fists of all colors raised in the air in solidarity and even pizza gifted to us by Russ a man who lived across the street from the intersection we chose, who wanted to do HIS part to support the cause. For all these reasons and more, I believe we WILL make it to the other side of this, guys. And when we do, it will be because we came together as a nation and each fought the good fight in our own way, yet as one! Today was a good day!”

The “Tiny but Mighty” protestors creating their own version of protesting showed the world that it’s possible to still make a profound statement in your own individual way. 

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