Genesis,2, doesn’t give the boys the time of day; in fact, she slaps them. Proud mommy Viola Davis recently told Us Weekly that her tot gives boys who try to kiss her the mean side of her hand. “When she plays with the little boys who want to kiss her, she’s slaps them and says, ‘No!’ So that’s good,” said the actress


Davis hopes that her daughter’s upbringing will give her a sense of self-worth that will take her far. “It’s like that book, ‘I like myself because I’m me. There’s no one else I’d rather be.’ I’m starting early to instill in her a strong sense and love of self, which wasn’t given to me.”

For now, Viola is happy with Genesis slapping naughty boys and being proud of her name. “She loves telling people her name,” said the star. “It’s a big one because at first she didn’t do that. She’s 2, so now when people say, ‘What is your name?’ she says, ‘My name is Genesis!’ And she screams it! She’s proud of her name.”

Genesis is Viola and husband Julius Tennon’s first child together. The couple adopted her last year.



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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