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Early Bird Books: Viola Davis Pens New Adventure for Corduroy the Bear

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Corduroy Takes a Bow will be published in September for the series’ 50th anniversary. She wins Oscars! She gets away with murder! She…writes books? In a recent statement to PEOPLE, award-winning actress Viola Davis discussed her authorial debut: a new installment in the classic Corduroy series. Titled Corduroy Takes a Bow, the upcoming book sees the titular bear visit the theater with his human companion, Lisa, for the first time. Davis took to Twitter to reveal the cover and fall publication date, which will mark the series’ 50th anniversary. For Davis, the book was more than a cute story for kids—it offered much-needed representation in the mostly-white world of children’s literature. In what she referred to as a childhood of “abject poverty and dysfunction,” a young Davis found…

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*Trending on Twitter*: Happy Birthday Dorothy Dandridge!

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Trending on Twitter today for #ThursdayThoughts is a montage of birthday wishes and Hollywood memories in honor of the late actress Dorothy Dandridge.  Dandridge came through Hollywood during a time when roles for black actresses were limited to only supporting characters who were in servitude positions and often portrayed in full stereotypical fashion.  But Dandridge was different than her contemporaries because she refused to accept this was all that she could be in Hollywood.  Many consider her the “black Marilyn Monroe,” but she was so much more. Born on November 9, 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio, Dorothy Jean Dandridge began her career as part of a singing duo with her sister, The Dandridge Sisters, performing at the Cotton Club, the famous…

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‘How to Get Away With Murder’: Books That Keep You Guessing Who’s Next

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Soapy and twisty, one of our favorites, How to Get Away With Murder, is everything you could want out of a Shonda Rhimes-helmed show. Complicated defense attorney Annalise Keating is the glue that holds it all together as she kicks ass in the courtroom, deals with her crazy and meddling students, and tries not to crack under the pressure of all those murders. Played by Davis, Annalise is the type of character we don’t quite fully like (or hate), but who we’re still rooting for anyway. Season 4 airs tonight on ABC and we’re already taking bets on just who might end up murdered this year. Davis was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for this year’s 69th Emmy…

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How to Get Away With Murder: 5 Reads on Annalise Keating’s Fictional Bookshelf

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It’s time for another fictional bookshelf, where we imagine the books our favorite characters might have lining their shelves. Since it’s also Emmy week here at Booktrib, we wanted to pick an Emmy-nominated performance we’re most definitely rooting for. The choice was easy – Viola Davis’s Annalise Keating from ABC’s smash hit, How to Get Away with Murder. Soapy and twisty, HTGAWM is everything you could want out of a Shonda Rhimes-helmed show. Complicated defense attorney Annalise Keating is the glue that holds it all together as she kicks ass in the courtroom, deals with her crazy and meddling students, and tries not to crack under the pressure of all those murders. Played by Davis, Annalise is the type of…

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Who the Hell Are These People? A Suicide Squad Breakdown!

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There’s a lot of hype around the new Suicide Squad movie — and it’s not hard to see why. The cast looks ridiculous, the posters have been delightfully comic-y, and the trailers have been straight up awesome:   Comic book fans seem to be happy about a movie that looks fun and excitable, rather than aping the whole edgy-to-the-point-of-dour vibe that The Dark Knight series started. However, I humbly offer a completely fair question: who exactly are these people? Despite how entertaining this movie looks, it’s weird that people are so excited for a movie featuring what amounts to (mostly) B-squad supervillains. OK, they get sent into high-risk missions for the government because, as criminals, they’re expendable. Got it. Sure,…

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