A black woman owning the narrative on a Broadway stage is an act of power.

As an actress, Michelle Wilson commands the stage. She is the co-lead of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Sweat, by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage, which focuses on racial realities and economic tough times. For her performance, Wilson has been nominated for a Tony Award for best actress in a featured role. (The Tony Awards air Sunday at 8 p.m. EDT on CBS.)

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“We’re usually invisible in this society. We’re pushed to the side. We’re oftentimes mimicked. And our courage and vivacity is mirrored, but it’s oftentimes not us who is doing the mirroring,” Wilson says of black women. “What prism do these stories get told through? Who gets to hold the light?”

See the entire interview above.