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Kerry Washington has appeared in such films as Ray, She Hate Me, The Last King of Scotland and Django Unchained (2013). She also stars on the TV series Scandal.
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With For Colored Girls (2010), Washington worked with an impressive ensemble of actresses, including Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Janet Jackson and Thandie Newton. The film, directed and written by Tyler Perry, was an adaptation of a play by Ntozake Shange. In 2012,
Washington moved to the small screen to star on the dramatic political series Scandal. She plays a "fixer," a person who cleans up scandals and other messes for her clients, on the show.
That same year, Washington reunited with Ray co-star Jamie Foxx for Quentin Tarantino's western Django Unchained (2012). She plays Broomhilda von Shaft, a slave married to Foxx's character, Django. In the film, the pair are separated, and Django teams up with a bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) to find her.
Washington is active in many social and political causes. She is a member of the Creative Coalition and sits on the board of V-Day, an organization that works to end violence against women. Washington is also a strong supporter of President Barack Obama and has campaigned on his behalf.
In June 2013, Washington married pro football player Nnamdi Asomugha. The couple had been dating for about a year before tying the knot. She had previously been engaged to actor David Moscow.
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