Alfre Woodard
Bullying Survivor
Female | Los Angeles, CA   United States
Bullied by kids at school
Bullying Type: Emotional
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Alfre Ette Woodard is an American film, stage, and television actress. She has been nominated once for an Academy Award and Grammy Award, 17 times for the Emmy Award (winning four), and has also won a Golden Globe Award and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.

"When I was growing up in Tulsa, the kids called me bubble lips and frog eyes. My mama always said, "Oh, you're such a pretty girl," and I believed I was, thanks to her encouragement. Still, this was before the "black is beautiful" era of the 1970s, and everything around me seemed to negate my particular look - especially movies. The screen is one of the most influential tools in our lives, and if you don't see yourself represented it's almost as if you don't exist. As I got older, I was drawn to the power and possibility for healing that cinema and the theater offered the world, and even though I didn't resemble the typical actress - or maybe because of it - I moved to Hollywood. At auditions I was constantly told that I looked too much like an African and not enough like an African-American. I thought, this is as African-American as you get - my family has been here for 400 years! The hues of America were not being celebrated. Instead, everybody was trying to fit a homogeneous image. Then in 1986, I traveled to Zimbabwe for the first time to shoot the TV movie Mandela. I felt as if I'd been given a pure shot of oxygen. Suddenly, I was part of the dominant culture. I saw people like me. They had round faces and large eyes, with skin so warm and lips so full that I almost wanted to kiss strangers. I'd been living in Los Angeles, a world full of cubic zirconias, and here I was in the land of deep, rich-colored, genuine gemstones. I felt organically beautiful for the first time in my life. It may sound immodest, but I realized that my presence in movies gives that same validation to other young black women. They can feel free to walk their walk, swing their hips, and flash their smiles because they see themselves up on the screen. Everybody has a part of her body that she doesn't like, but I've stopped complaining about mine because I don't want to critique nature's handiwork. There's no such thing as imperfection. My job is simply to allow the light to shine
out of the masterpiece."

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Posted By: PaddyCakes | 4/22/13 3:02 PM
What an incredible woman :)
Posted By: Soul2Soul | 4/23/13 12:25 PM
Amazing what a little motherly love can do for a child who is being bullied :)
Posted By: SooTribe | 4/23/13 12:53 PM
4 time Emmy winner wow can you say sucess
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Name: Alfre Woodard
Age: 69
Country: United States
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