Viola Davis stars with daughter Genesis, 10, in ‘Black Americana’ photo essay for W magazine

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She received her fourth Oscar nomination this year for the Netflix movie Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

And ahead of next month’s Academy Awards, Viola Davis stars in a pictorial essay for W magazine directed by her good friend and fellow Oscar winner Regina King.

Davis is on the cover of the magazine with her daughter Genesis, 10, and within the two is joined by actress Julius Tennon’s husband for a series of photos titled Black Americana.

Tells a Story: Viola Davis stars with her family in a pictorial essay for the April issue of W magazine, directed by her close friend, actress and filmmaker Regina King

Tells a Story: Viola Davis stars with her family in a pictorial essay for the April issue of W magazine, directed by her close friend, actress and filmmaker Regina King

An image of the folder to her posts Instagram on Monday, Davis, 55, said: ‘The best shoot of my life. Julius, Genesis and I are so grateful for the abundance of your artistry @iamreginaking. Love you.’

The photos were taken in the historic West Adams neighborhood of Los Angeles by photographer Andre D. Wagner, under King’s direction.

The series begins with the family on the front porch of their modest home making greens for dinner, before Davis and Tennon go out together for a Saturday night.

The next morning, the three go to church before returning home for a phone call with tragic news.

Family: The photos titled 'Black Americana' feature Oscar winner Davis, 55, her husband Julius Tennon, 67, and their daughter Genesis, 10

Family: The photos titled 'Black Americana' feature Oscar winner Davis, 55, her husband Julius Tennon, 67, and their daughter Genesis, 10

Family: The photos titled ‘Black Americana’ feature Oscar winner Davis, 55, her husband Julius Tennon, 67, and their daughter Genesis, 10

Chores: The series of photos, taken in Los Angeles' historic West Adams neighborhood, begins with the family on the front porch of their modest home making greens for dinner

Chores: The series of photos, taken in Los Angeles' historic West Adams neighborhood, begins with the family on the front porch of their modest home making greens for dinner

Chores: The series of photos, taken in Los Angeles’ historic West Adams neighborhood, begins with the family on the front porch of their modest home making greens for dinner

Date: Davis and Tennon then go to town on a Saturday night

Date: Davis and Tennon then go to town on a Saturday night

Date: Davis and Tennon then go to town on a Saturday night

Sunday Best: The next morning the family walks around the neighborhood to church

Sunday Best: The next morning the family walks around the neighborhood to church

Sunday Best: The next morning the family walks around the neighborhood to church

According to King, the photo essay is meant to convey an authentic picture of life as a black American.

‘I don’t think any of us are particularly happy with the state of America, but we still embrace the fact that we are black Americans, even with all the things that have happened in history,’ the filmmaker of One Night In Miami, 50 , explained in the W article.

Davis put it this way: “There is a life beyond the tragedy, there is even life within the tragedy, and there was a life before the tragedy.

That you can experience moments of joy when tragedy comes in and enters your life, and then merges with something else – we understand that about life in general, but not always with black people in it. This is the first time I’ve ever done such a photo shoot. ‘

Heartbreak: Back home, Davis receives a devastating phone call with tragic news

Heartbreak: Back home, Davis receives a devastating phone call with tragic news

Heartbreak: Back home, Davis receives a devastating phone call with tragic news

Davis summed up the shoot as follows: 'There is a life beyond the tragedy, there is even life within the tragedy, and there was a life before the tragedy'

Davis summed up the shoot as follows: 'There is a life beyond the tragedy, there is even life within the tragedy, and there was a life before the tragedy'

Davis summed up the shoot as follows: ‘There is a life beyond the tragedy, there is even life within the tragedy, and there was a life before the tragedy’

'That you can experience moments of joy when tragedy comes in and enters your life, and then merges with something else - we understand that about life in general, but not always with black people in it,' the actress explained.

'That you can experience moments of joy when tragedy comes in and enters your life, and then merges with something else - we understand that about life in general, but not always with black people in it,' the actress explained.

‘That you can experience moments of joy when tragedy comes in and enters your life, and then merges with something else – we understand that about life in general, but not always with black people in it,’ the actress explained.

Davis and actor and producer Tennon, 67, were married in 2003; she is his third wife.

They adopted Genesis in 2011, and in an Instagram post celebrating her 10th birthday last July, Davis described her daughter as “ our heartbeat, our love, our baby. ”

W Magazine Volume 2 The Directors Issue will hit the newsstand on April 6.

Tribute: Davis posted an image of the cover to her Instagram on Monday, sharing, 'The best shoot of my life.  Julius, Genesis and I are so grateful for the overflow of your artistry @iamreginaking '

Tribute: Davis posted an image of the cover to her Instagram on Monday, sharing, 'The best shoot of my life.  Julius, Genesis and I are so grateful for the overflow of your artistry @iamreginaking '

Tribute: Davis posted an image of the cover to her Instagram on Monday, sharing, ‘The best shoot of my life. Julius, Genesis and I are so grateful for the overflow of your artistry @iamreginaking ‘

Creative: King, 50, pictured last year, told W: 'I don't think any of us are particularly happy with the state of America, but we still embrace the fact that we are black Americans, even with all the things that happened in the history '

Creative: King, 50, pictured last year, told W: 'I don't think any of us are particularly happy with the state of America, but we still embrace the fact that we are black Americans, even with all the things that happened in the history '

Creative: King, 50, pictured last year, told W: ‘I don’t think any of us are particularly happy with the state of America, but we still embrace the fact that we are black Americans, even with all the things that happened in the history ‘