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I am so pleased to see Kerry Washington on the cover of Vanity Fair this month. The new issue is on sale July 7th but it’s in New York today. Kerry breaks the Vanity Fair cover color barrier–the magazine rarely features people of color, and when they do, they are relegated to side panels. Such was the case for Kerry in this past year’s TV issue.

But now there she is–the star of “Scandal” and “Django Unchained” is very involved with lots of issues and organizations including the Creative Coalition. She’s smart, beautiful, and talented. I first saw Washington in a movie at Sundance called “Lift” in 2001. It was a breakout role for her. I wish more people saw that film. I met her in Sundance and knew right away she was going to be a star. And while Vogue has had no trouble putting black women on their covers, Vanity Fair for some reason has been reticent. This is a nice summer treat– and Kerry looks fantastic. Mazel tov!

PS Kerry has a lot of competition at the Emmys this year if she’s nominated on July 18th–Julianna Margulies, Elizabeth Moss, Michelle Dockery, and so on. But I think this is her year. “Scandal” is a hit, and so is Kerry!

August 2013 cover (2)

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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  1. Roger, I loved Lift . I wish it wasn’t released on Showtime, because it deserved at least a limited film release. Harvey Weinstein could have done wonders with that movie. Kerry Washington deserved award recognition for her great performance ( everyone gave great performances ) . I own Lift on dvd, and I watch it one or twice a year. I hear Keri Russell ( The Americans ) & Tatiana Maslany ( Orphan Black ) are also in the mix for Washington’s tv competition. This past tv season has been wonderful for television performances – so many to choose from.

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