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Kerry Washington Graces The Cover Of Essence Magazine May ‘Woke 100’ Edition!

By Ahsinet Monee Contributing Writer

The “Scandal” star looks stunning on the new cover of ESSENCE’s !

The actress is the star of ESSENCE’s May issue, where she talks the end of playing Olivia Pope, her involvement with the Time Up’s movement , and how Hollywood is changing thanks to women speaking out.

“That’s been one of the most powerful parts, for me, of being involved with the Time’s Ups movement.”

She told the magazine, “We are becoming stronger as communities, as Black women, as larger circles of women of color, larger circles of women in Hollywood, larger circles of just people in Hollywood who give a shit.”

Washington just concluded her six-year-long role as presidential chief of staff Olivia Pope, whom she told Essence ‘has given me the sense that anything is possible.’

“I feel like whenever I play a character, I feel she comes into my life to teach me something. I’ve never had the privilege of playing a character for this long, but of the many things Olivia Pope has given me is this sense that anything’s possible, that there’s always a way through.”

She continued,”I  think it’s one of the reasons why I started a production company. It’s one of the reasons why I’ve done a lot of the things that have required courage.”

Essence magazine’s May ‘Woke 100’ edition,  hits newsstands this Friday.

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