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Upstate native Danielle Brooks stars in ‘The Color Purple’

SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. – Upstate native Danielle Brooks hosted a screening of “The Color Purple” in Simpsonville on December 17.

Brooks is a Grammy winner and Golden Globe and Tony nominee. She is best known for her roles as Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson in the series “Orange is the New Black,” and Leota Adebayo in the superhero series Peacemaker.

Living Upstate Host Jamarcus Gaston spoke with Brooks at the screening to learn more about the movie and her success.

“It’s so great to be back home,” Brooks said. “Warner Brothers was so kind enough to help me rent out a theater in Simpsonville, and I get to share it with my tribe, my community, the people who really helped to shape who I am. I’m very grateful that they’re in the other room watching me now, which is an out-of-body experience that I’m having right now.”

Before attending Julliard, Brooks attended the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville.

“I got to attend the Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities where I really learned so much and that was a base for me because it was like a mini Julliard. I thank them for all of the help that they gave to me to get to where I’m at,” Brooks said. “It’s just been an incredible time in my life. You know, I would have never imagined I would be doing what I’m doing in this capacity and being surrounded by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey and Scott Sanders.”

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“The Color Purple” is scheduled to be released in theaters on Christmas day.

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