Viola Davis looks elegant in a black suit as she chats about memoir Finding Me with Tarana Burke

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She’s best known for her acclaimed body of film work, which earned her an Academy Award.

But Viola Davis showed off her talents as a writer on Wednesday, when she sat down with Me Too founder Tarana Burke, 48, for a conversation at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan.

The 56-year-old actress was on hand to discuss her recently published memoir Finding Me. 

Talking about herself: Viola Davis, 56, sat down with Me Too founder Tarana Burke on Wednesday at Manhattan's 92nd Street Y to chat about her new memoir Finding Me

Talking about herself: Viola Davis, 56, sat down with Me Too founder Tarana Burke on Wednesday at Manhattan’s 92nd Street Y to chat about her new memoir Finding Me

Viola cut an elegant figure on the event’s red carpet with her striking black suit.

The blazer featured an unusual zipper — rather than buttons — and it had strips of black satin running up the lapels. 

She matched it with baggy pants that swallowed up her figure and reached down to the ground.

Just barely peaking out of her pant legs were a set of square-toed black leather boots.

Back in black: Viola cut an elegant figure on the event's red carpet with her striking black suit. The blazer featured an unusual zipper — rather than buttons — and it had strips of black satin running up the lapels

Back in black: Viola cut an elegant figure on the event’s red carpet with her striking black suit. The blazer featured an unusual zipper — rather than buttons — and it had strips of black satin running up the lapels

On point: She matched it with baggy pants and a set of square-toed black leather boots

On point: She matched it with baggy pants and a set of square-toed black leather boots

The Suicide Squad actress wore her lustrous raven tresses parted on the side and cascading down her shoulders in thick waves.

She added some additional sparkle to her ensemble with a pair of gold jewel-encrusted hoop earrings, and she wore a striking burgundy lipstick.

Moderating the conversation was Tarana Burke, who looked lovely in a flowing red dress while wearing semicircular gold earrings.

In Finding Me, which was chosen for Oprah Winfrey’s book club, Viola delved into her difficult early days, when several young white boys in an elementary school class would bully her incessantly.

She wrote that they ‘made it their daily, end-of-school ritual to chase me like dogs hunting prey,’ via USA Today.

Woman in red: Tarana looked lovely in a flowing red dress while wearing semicircular gold earrings

Woman in red: Tarana looked lovely in a flowing red dress while wearing semicircular gold earrings

Opening up: In Finding Me, which was chosen for Oprah Winfrey's book club, Viola delved into her difficult early days, when several young white boys in an elementary school class would bully her incessantly

Opening up: In Finding Me, which was chosen for Oprah Winfrey’s book club, Viola delved into her difficult early days, when several young white boys in an elementary school class would bully her incessantly

Bullied: She wrote that they'made it their daily, end-of-school ritual to chase me like dogs hunting prey,' via USA Today

Bullied: She wrote that they ‘made it their daily, end-of-school ritual to chase me like dogs hunting prey,’ via USA Today

The Fences star, who was born in South Carolina but later moved with her family to Rhode Island as a child, wrote in her book about dealing with a father addicted to alcohol, who routinely carried on affairs with other women and would beat her mother.

In one chilling scene, she describes how he bashed a glass against her mothers face in a moment of anger, covering her in blood.

She also described disturbing sexually ‘inappropriate behavior’ from her older brother when he was left alone with her and her sisters without any parental supervision. 

Shocking: The Fences star also described how her alcoholic father was physically abusive toward their mother. In one scene, he bloodies her by smashing a glass against her face

Shocking: The Fences star also described how her alcoholic father was physically abusive toward their mother. In one scene, he bloodies her by smashing a glass against her face

Chilling: Viola and her sisters also experienced sexually'inappropriate behavior' from her brother when he was left alone with the girls without parental supervision

Chilling: Viola and her sisters also experienced sexually ‘inappropriate behavior’ from her brother when he was left alone with the girls without parental supervision

In other excerpts shared with the newspaper, Viola recalled a conversation she had with Will Smith on the set of Suicide Squad, when he asked her, ‘Viola, who are you?’

She wrote that the question initially puzzled her.

‘Look, I’m always going to be that 15-year-old boy whose girlfriend broke up with him,’ the King Richard star explained to her. ‘That’s always going to be me. So, who are you?’

In that moment, she recalled the fears and insecurities that had dogged her since she was a child.

‘There I was, a working actress with steady gigs, Broadway credits, multiple industry awards, and a reputation of bringing professionalism and excellence to any project,’ she wrote. ‘Hell, Oprah knew who I was. Yet, sitting there conversing with Will Smith, I was still that little, terrified, third-grade Black girl.’

Food for thought: Viola recalled a conversation she had with Will Smith (pictured) on the set of Suicide Squad, when he asked her,'Viola, who are you?'; seen at the Suicide Squad premiere in NYC in 2016

Food for thought: Viola recalled a conversation she had with Will Smith (pictured) on the set of Suicide Squad, when he asked her, ‘Viola, who are you?’; seen at the Suicide Squad premiere in NYC in 2016

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