The diamond brand is participating because "Memphis" is a love story, but it also dissects racial tensions of the era as Felicia (Glover) falls head over heels for white radio jockey Huey Calhoun (Kimbal).
"Felicia and I are alike in many ways," says Glover, who grew up in Chattanooga, Tenn a few hours from Memphis. "We are both young, African American women from the South. Granted I grew up in the non-segregated South, but my grandmother, my great-aunts, my mother, my aunts were all people living there when it was segregated. So my history and Felicia's are very, very similar."
It's little surprise considering that Felicia was created with Glover in mind. "As an actor, it's so exciting because you start to shape and flesh out the character as oppose to the role already being established and you simply stepping into it," she says.
--Taylor Harris, Eye intern
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