Geena Davis Joins DreamWorks’ ‘She-Ra and the Princesses of Power’

Oscar-winner Geena Davis has joined the third season of DreamWorks’ GLAAD and Emmy-nominated Netflix original series She-Ra and the Princesses of Power in a recurring guest roleOn Friday, She-Ra executive producer Noelle Stevenson joined Davis onstage at the Bentonville Film Festival to share the news during a fireside chat discussing representation and inclusion in entertainment titled “She for She: Power of the Pack.”

Davis voices a character named Huntara, the imposing leader of the Crimson Waste who reluctantly helps Adora, Glimmer and Bow on a quest.

Davis joins an ensemble cast from seasons one and two that includes Aimee Carrero (Young & Hungry), AJ Michalka (The Goldbergs), Karen Fukuhara (Suicide Squad),Lauren Ash (Superstore), Marcus Scribner (black-ish), Lorraine Toussaint (Orange is the New Black) Vella Lovell (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Reshma Shetty (Royal Pains), Sandra Oh (Killing Eve), Christine Woods (Hello Ladies), Jordan Fisher (Grease: Live), Merit Leighton (Alexa and Katie), Adam Ray (American Vandal) and Krystal Joy Brown (Motown: The Musical).

Executive produced by Noelle Stevenson, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is the story of an orphaned princess named Adora, who leaves behind her former life in the evil Horde when she discovers a magic sword that transforms her into the legendary warrior She-Ra. Along the way, she finds a new surrogate family in the Rebellion as she unites a group of magical princesses in the ultimate fight against evil.

The third season of the acclaimed animated series is set to arrive on Netflix on August 2.

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Broncos Legend Terrell Davis Jumps on the CBD Train

Former Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis knows a thing or two about pain and injury. The Pro Football Hall of Famer was on his way to becoming one of the game’s greatest of all time when major knee injuries derailed his career — but not before he racked up nearly 9,000 overall yards, 65 touchdowns and plenty of hits.

Davis says he would’ve been able to suit up longer if he’d been allowed to take CBD during his playing days. And now the three-time All-Pro running back is pushing the cannabinoid after partnering with Defy, a CBD-infused sports drink.

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A compound of hemp and marijuana, CBD isn’t psychoactive, but rather shows potential for treating pain, inflammation, anxiety and skin disorders, among other afflictions. In an interview with TheStreet, Davis says he’d been taking anti-inflammatory medications for years to treat joint pain and migraines.

“And we all know that the long-term effects of being on anti-inflammatory medicine is not good,” he says in the story. “I’ve been on CBD for well over a year now, and I can tell you that my body feels great. I have no more inflammation in my body, my knee, and my joint pain is gone. My migraines — I haven’t taken migraine medicine for over a year.”

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Davis recently told TMZ that taking CBD might have helped with the inflammation he suffered during rehabilitation to get back on the football field, possibly extending his shortened career.

In addition to this new venture with Defy, Davis is involved with other cannabis-industry efforts, such as working with the Minority Cannabis Business Association to promote a more diverse pot industry.

Defy hasn’t hit shelves just yet. But because the product is made from hemp-derived CBD, the company won’t have to limit sales to marijuana dispensaries where pot is legal; it can also offer it online or at CBD stores around the country.

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Viola Davis Works to End Childhood Hunger

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When Viola Davis reflects on her childhood, one of the strongest emotions that comes flooding back to her is shame.

“All the gifts I had as a child were basically squelched,” says the How to Get Away with Murder star, whose extraordinary performances in film, television, and theater have earned her acting’s triple crown: two Tonys, an Emmy, and most recently, an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her gut-wrenchingly raw and honest portrayal of Rose Maxson in August Wilson’s Fences. In May 2017, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Davis grew up in poverty in Central Falls, RI, a former mill town. “Being desperately hungry made me feel a great sense of shame,” Davis says. “I would come to school and all I wanted was a meal. I couldn’t focus. But I couldn’t tell anyone that. It’s a reflection on you, your parents. People only want you to share stories about winning and about success, and anything else is not acceptable. So I hid. I went inside myself.”

No More Shame

That’s why Davis has dedicated her spare time — although it’s hard to imagine that the actor, who also runs a production company, JuVee Productions, with husband, Julius Tennon, has much of that — to the organization Hunger Is, which aims to eradicate childhood hunger by increasing access to free or reduced-priced school breakfasts and “backpack” programs that provide kids with food for the weekend.

“We now know that 1 in 5 children lives in a home without consistent access to the food they need,” says Davis, who signed on as an ambassador for Hunger Is 3 years ago and regularly appears in public service announcements and other campaigns for the program. Over the last 3 years, Hunger Is has raised more than $ 18 million and awarded more than 270 grants to support local hunger programs in 33 states plus the District of Columbia.

“Three in every 4 teachers say that kids are regularly coming into their classroom hungry. My sister Deloris [Davis Grant, who teaches English in their hometown] is one of those teachers,” Davis says. “She says she has kids who are falling asleep from the moment they walk into her class, and they whisper to her, ‘Ms. Grant, I’m hungry.’ She has a closet with snacks for kids who haven’t eaten; she’ll go and get them groceries.”


Davis praises New York City schools, which this year announced they would provide free lunch to all city students, eliminating the stigma and shame often felt by kids who receive subsidized meals. However, a new survey of 50 large school districts released by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) in September shows that New York and a few other cities, like Boston, Chicago, Dallas, and Detroit, are still relatively alone on this — only eight of the districts FRAC surveyed offered free lunch to all students, and few districts have policies that prevent school staff from humiliating or even denying meals to children who cannot pay.

“I want what they’ve done in New York to happen everywhere, in every city and every town and every school,” Davis says. “We have an idea of an America in which no one is struggling to that degree; we put that on third world countries. But there’s a whole subculture in this country of people who are struggling, who are hungry, who have nothing. And if we are to put an end to this, first hunger has to be destigmatized.”

The Stress of Chronic Hunger

Davis first revealed her own childhood story in a riveting speech at Variety’s Power of Women event in 2014, breaking into tears as she described stealing food and pulling scraps covered with maggots out of garbage bins.

“It was a great relief to say that,” she says now. “Standing in a room full of 20,000 people in a convention hall and saying I was one of those kids. It was cathartic for me. And my work on this issue is probably one of the greatest things I’ve done in my life. It’s been the greatest journey for me to be able to give this gift to kids who are like I was.”

The long-term effects of not knowing where your next meal is coming from can wear on a child, says John Cook, MD, associate professor of pediatrics at Boston University Medical Center and an expert on the effects of hunger and food insecurity with Children’s HealthWatch.


“Being hungry on any given day is just part of the problem,” Cook explains. “The stress of being chronically hungry and anxious about getting food builds up over time, leading to what we call ‘allostatic load’ — basically, wear and tear on the body and the brain. This affects a child’s social and emotional development and how they respond to their teachers and other children. It can lead to things like hyperreactivity — if another child bumps into them in line, they might respond aggressively instead of just taking it in stride.”

Davis didn’t feel truly free of the specter of hunger until she entered Rhode Island College on a full scholarship. “I finally had three meals a day, and trust me, I didn’t miss any of them!” she says. “Every month when we got our food stamps, my mother would do a big grocery run, but there were six of us kids and in 2 weeks the food would be gone, so we’d have to figure out how to survive for the next 2 weeks. That stays with you. So by the time I got to college, I ate everything. They talk about the freshman 15? I had the freshman 30 or 40! There was just this constant fear in my head that someone was going to take it away.”

Self-Care Lessons

Today, more than 30 years later, Davis says that she’s still learning important lessons about her own health and self-care. “It’s a 24-7 job, I’ll tell you that,” she says. “And it’s completely on you. You’re the only one who knows how you feel. Especially now that I’ve turned 52, I’m very aware of my body’s limitations. I’m not trying to be 28. I’m trying to be a very healthy 52-year-old woman and be OK with that.”

Working with a trainer, she’s focused on isometric exercises along with strength and endurance training. “It involves very little cardio, not bringing up your heart rate way too high for your age or pounding your body like a 20 year old,” she says. “I’ve been able to change my body and feel good doing it.”


Self-care also involves plenty of sleep. “If I come home and I feel like, ‘I’ve gotta do this and I’ve gotta do that,’ I tell myself that the thing I really have to do is sleep,” Davis says. “It’s helped with my energy and helped with my weight.” Davis and her husband also try to set aside time for quiet retreats — visits to spas, walks by the ocean, or just staying home for a calm, peaceful weekend. “I’m always looking for what’s going to fill my spirit, like praying and meditating, because your health does not only extend to your physical body. I work on letting go of anger and issues with people. That’s been a big lesson with speaking out about the whole hunger thing too — owning your story. I don’t want to die with a lot of secrets, and opening up has really helped with my health.”

In that way, Davis says, the life of her Murder character, Annalise Keating, mirrors her own. Unlike Davis, whose skyrocketing career is accompanied by a blissful home life with Tennon and their 6-year-old daughter Genesis, Annalise ended the third season of the show seeming to have lost everything. But, says Davis, “Like me, she’s trying to deal with her secrets. She’s trying to get better. She’s a full-blown alcoholic who is on the road to recovery, and in this fourth season we are going to see how she chooses to dig herself out.”

She teases viewers that new cast member Jimmy Smits, playing Annalise’s therapist, will take the show down interesting paths. “He’s got secrets of his own, and Annalise is terrified as to what those secrets could be,” she says. “We’ve just finished filming episode 7, and things have taken a turn that I literally don’t know where he’s going, and I don’t think he’s going to tell me.”

After decades of stellar work in theater, television, and film — and a childhood spent trying to hide — Davis has reached the point where she fully believes in her right to a place at the table. “I deserve to be here. What I write, what I create is deserving of being produced and promoted,” she says. “And I want people to understand that when we talk about women not getting work, and not getting paid what we deserve to be paid, there are two different narratives here — women and women of color. Women of color are fighting to be recognized the same way Caucasian women are.


“That’s why I fight so hard even with Annalise. I want her to be a full woman. I am interested in her having no boundaries, exploring her sexuality, her pathology, her mess. It’s a metaphor for what I’m going through as an actor of color, believing that the full scope of my imagination and talent needs to be honored.”

And as she works to ensure that children today will not have to endure the deprivations that she did as a child, she feels she’s opening the way for their gifts and potential to blossom as well.

“It’s been a true sign of my life coming full circle,” Davis says.

Feeding Kids’ Bodies and Minds

Does your school provide free breakfasts and lunches for all kids, regardless of income? If it doesn’t, campaigning to change that is one way that you can make a powerful contribution toward ending childhood hunger and making sure that all kids in your community can learn and succeed.

“We know that school breakfast and lunch programs can really improve children’s performance in school,” Cook says. “That body of evidence is strong and getting stronger every day. We don’t have to tolerate kids not being able to learn in school because they’re hungry. This is a problem that has very effective solutions.”

A few other benefits of school breakfast:

The power of breakfast: Kids participating in school breakfast programs show improvements on everything from math scores to depression, anxiety, and hyperactivity. After a pilot program in Pennsylvania implemented a universal school breakfast in certain schools, children reported that they felt eating breakfast increased their energy and ability to pay attention in school.

Showing up: When schools provide students with breakfast in the classroom, attendance goes up while tardy rates and disciplinary referrals go down. When asked what would happen if his school in Murray, NY, stopped offering classroom breakfast, one student said, “I would fall asleep in class like I used to.”

Part of a normal day: Student math and reading achievement test scores improve when breakfast is moved out of the cafeteria and into the classroom. “‘After the bell’ breakfast programs are particularly good,” Cook says, “because many children don’t get to school in time to have breakfast before the routines start. Having breakfast after the bell in the classroom as part of the normal day can be much more effective, and it also eliminates stigma when it’s made available to all children.”

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Front Range Biosciences Partners With UC Davis to Study Hemp Genome

Growing and processing industrial hemp has become a big business as barriers break down in states with legalized cannabis. Now one Boulder laboratory is starting a study with a university agriculture program to learn more about desirable hemp genetics, much as that program has studied grapes for the wine industry.

The Front Range Biosciences partnership with the University of California, Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology will research hemp genomics in order to build the foundation of Front Range’s breeding program, according to CEO Jonathan Vaught. The company will isolate certain strands of hemp DNA and send them to UC Davis professor Dario Cantu and his team of university and Front Range scientists, which will run DNA sequencing and bioinformatic analysis to create a better genome reference for cannabis.

This type of work is common in agricultural commodities such as tomatoes and strawberries, Vaught says. As industrial hemp’s legal status continues to fluctuate, Front Range hopes to develop strains that provide higher commercial and medical value for farmers and consumers.

“We’re looking for what makes a plant have a certain type of leaf structure, flower structure or seed structure. How well it responds to drought conditions, certain diseases, plants and pathogens,” he explains. “The target for a good breeding program is to create cultivars, or lines, that perform specifically in a certain program. Outdoor growing in Colorado might be very different than outdoor growing in Kentucky, and that might be very different than a greenhouse in California.”

At least 26 states have passed laws creating industrial hemp research or pilot programs in America, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Although Colorado and California have both legalized recreational cannabis, moving cannabis across state lines would still be illegal under federal law. By isolating the plant’s DNA, however, Vaught says no laws will be broken.

“They don’t do anything around touching the plant. We extract the DNA, and then we send it out to UC Davis to see what they can do,” he says. “That DNA is no different [legally] than yours, mine or your dog’s. There’s nothing illegal about working with DNA.”

Located close to Sacramento and less than three house from Sonoma County, the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology is known for its work advancing the wine industry. The school has been in operation since the late 1800s and is currently developing grapes resistant to fanleaf degeneration, pests and sodium intake; it’s also designing and building the world’s first LEED Platinum winery. Cantu – whose work generally focuses on the genomics of plants and fungus, as well as plant diseases, genetics and pathogen and fungicide resistance resistance – is excited to study a new cash crop outside of grapes.

“We have successfully applied cutting-edge DNA sequencing technologies and computational approaches to study challenging genomes of diverse crops and associated microorganisms,” he says in an announcement of the partnership. “We are now excited to have the opportunity to study the genome of hemp. Decoding its genome will allow us to gain new insight into the genetic bases of complex pathways of secondary metabolism in plants.”

Because of federal laws against cannabis, there haven’t been as many studies conducted on hemp genetics and DNA as other crops. By outsourcing this research to UC Davis, Vaught hopes to take advantage of the university’s seven-figure research labs and genome-mapping capabilities. In return, Front Range will pledge a one-year gift that covers costs related to supplies, DNA and RNA sequencing, genome annotation and assembly.

Most of the characteristics that Front Range wants to study have been requested by farmers, the company’s primary clients; they include disease resistance, seed yield, water intake, CBD production and more. “We have discussions with them all the time. They’re all struggling with various issues. It’s no different than any other crop,” Vaught says. “For them, their margins are going to decline if they can’t grow it effectively.”

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Christine Davis Appointed Director Animation at Tricon

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Tricon Films & Television has bolstered its Kids & Family branch with the appointment of Christine Davis as Director of Animation Production, based in Toronto. An Emmy Award-winning producer, Davis brings over 20 years of experience to her new position at the company.

Davis has worked on a number of hit kids’ series, including Arthur, Justin Time and Anne of Green Gables. Her extensive credit list covers all manner of animation production formats, including classic 2D, Flash, stop-motion, 3D and special effects. Most recently she was a founding partner of boutique animation consulting company, Animated Solutions.

Tricon also announces key appointments to its factual programming business: Dan Miller is now VP of Factual Development in Toronto, with Cheyanne Dillenberger as Director of Factual Development in Los Angeles.



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16 Nov 2007

Mayor-Elect Cites Abuse of Medical Marijuana Use Elsewhere

The people have spoken, but mayor-elect Rick Davis thinks the passage earlier this month of marijuana reform initiatives will harm the city of Hailey. 

“We definitely got national attention, but is that the kind of attention that is going to draw new business here? I don’t think so,” said Davis, a 16-year City Council veteran elected Hailey’s mayor on Nov.  6. 

Hailey voters approved three marijuana reform initiatives on election day: one to legalize medical use of marijuana, another to legalize industrial use of hemp and a third that would make enforcement of marijuana laws the city’s lowest police priority. 

The electorate voted down a fourth initiative that would have required the city to tax and regulate sales and use of marijuana and that may have paved the way for full legalization of the drug. 

Davis said he especially objects to the medical marijuana issue. 

“I guess what I think about it is what I have seen in other communities that have passed medical marijuana initiatives–that it is heavily, heavily abused by those who use if for other than medical purposes.  I think it’s dangerous.”

The approved initiatives are not the law yet in the Hailey.  In fact, the initiatives specify that a Community Oversight Committee be formed to hammer out the details of implementation. 

City officials are drafting a statement that will outline how the city will deal with the matter. 

City Clerk Heather Dawson said the statement is still being reviewed by City Attorney Ned Williamson and likely won’t be available until next week. 

“There are some options that are being investigated,” said Davis.  “I’m not an liberty to go into them now and we’ll just have to see how it works out.  It’s a very, very complex issue and there are a lot of issues that haven’t yet come to light that show the negative ramifications.”

Davis said he expects the initiatives to be costly for the city. 

“There’s going to be litigation and the citizens of Hailey are going to have to pay for it one way or another,” he said.  “It’s still illegal federally and statewide and I just don’t know how it’s going to shake out.”

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