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When Cynthia Erivo stood on the Academy Awards stage to sing, she didn’t think about finally getting an Oscar and officially become an EGOT. She just immersed herself in the moment of her dream performance. She wanted it to be perfect. She wanted to sing for everyone who has not been able to sing where she’s singing, speak for those who have not been able to say the word’s she’s saying, and express for those who have not been able to express themselves. That performance marked a pivotal moment in her career – and she had always been ready for it. Thrust to fame for playing Celie in The Color Purple, Cynthia is a multi-awarded English actress, singer, and songwriter. Most recently, she has been given the role of Aretha Franklin in the eponymous biopic, Genius: Aretha. Listen in as she takes us back to her childhood, her introduction to the world of acting, and her rise to fame, success, and significance in this interview with Scott Evans.