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Viola Davis arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Viola Davis: It's time for Hollywood to 'stop taming' black women

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BY LINDSEY BAHR

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Viola Davis is asking Hollywood to stop taming black female characters and is helping lead the way with her production company, JuVee Productions.

Viola Davis gives a passionate speech at the Women's March in Los Angeles

Davis was honored Wednesday morning with the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment breakfast.

Other featured speakers at the annual event included comedian Hannah Gadsby, Monica Lewinsky, Kesha and Lena Dunham. Dunham apologized for not believing a woman who accused one of the actress' friends of sexual assault.

Gadsby chided "good men talking about bad men" and Lewinsky talked about her "mistake" and learning how to survive and grow from it.

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