Shondaland season is quickly upon us with Scandal,  How To Get Away With Murder, and Grey’s Anatomy all returning to a TV near you September 24, and what better way to celebrate having to do something on Thursday evenings again than by making our favorite casts the biggest faces on newsstands?

That’s what Entertainment Weekly (EW) did with four epic covers celebrating the leading ladies who make these shows the successes they are and the supporting casts that keep us coming back for more. Gathering together for a bit of real talk, Shonda Rhimes, Kerry Washington, Viola Davis, and Ellen Pompeo let EW editors sit in on a candid discussion about colorism, sexism, and the uncharted territory they’re stepping into next.

ew-1380-01-shonda-coverSpeaking on the benefit of working for a female showrunner (like Rhimes), Kerry shared, “I was talking to an actress who’s pregnant and really worried about telling her bosses, and I said, ‘Yeah, when I told my boss I was pregnant, she literally jumped up and down in my trailer.’ I don’t know if there’s a male show­runner who would do that.”



Meanwhile, Viola spoke to the irony of Hollywood policing blackness. “You have to come from Detroit or Atlanta to be black. If you have John Denver on your iPod and you come from Central Falls, Rhode Island, then: Eh, you trickle-down black woman,” she said.


Shonda Rhimes also revealed discrimination she was faced with as a girl and how her parents became her real-life gladiators. “When I encountered something that felt like racism—like my high school guidance counselor ­saying to me, ‘Honey, I don’t think you were made for Ivy League schools’—I called my mom at work and said, “Mom, this lady says I’m not made for Ivy League schools.” And my mother said, “Hold on, I’ll be there in five minutes.” My mom drove up to the school, walked into the guidance counselor’s office, came out, and said, “Everything’s fine now.”


The EW covers hit newsstands today.

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  • shell

    I counted 10 black people. Don’t be fooled by Shonda

    • Mahogany

      Two of the shows have bleak leading actresses, so I don’t see your point.

    • shell

      One plays a bed wentch for white men the other is a broken black woman appearing to be strong who really is a how that uses big words and good English. She’s no different than Mona Scott

  • Mahogany

    Can’t wait

  • binks

    It pains me to say it but I am only here for How to Get Away with Murder. I used to LOVE Greys but it jumped the shark (mainly after Yang left) and I could never get into Scandal. But great covers!

    • *NmySkynn70*

      LOL i feel you & ditto (covers).

      i was trying to hang in there (HTGAWM) it’s just too many twists & turns & story-lines that mesh at the end for me 2 keep up with, i know i’m special, LOL I watched the first half of the season, but missed it when it came back on in January. It was good, i may try to get back into it. Me 2 (the other shows, i never watched Grey’s, and i was too lost to try to get into scandal since i didn’t watch it fr. the jump).

    • binks

      I understand! That was one reason I could never get into Scandal to many twists, turns and OMG moments (and the fact that I could usually predict what would happen and my sister in law would tell me to shut up….lol). But Grey’s wasn’t like that in the beginning now I am kind of blah about it and it feels like it’s time for it to be over since all the originals are damn near gone. I am still going to hang in there with HTGAWM mainly because of Viola Davis and I want to see how the students get out of this mess. Hopefully, there won’t be too many twists and turns because even though Shonda R. produces it she doesn’t write for it so hopefully the writers don’t follow that formula.

  • [email protected]

    This story documents once again about how the diverse talent of black people is strong.

  • Mary Burrell

    Stay “Winning ” Miss Shonda.