By Natasha

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Because Shonda Rhimes is a TV goddess….she and her Shondaland stars nabbed four — yes 4! — covers of the new Entertainment Weekly. Check ’em out inside, and find out what Kerry Washington, Viola Davis and Shonda herself dished about the magic of black women…

Shonda Rhimes and her three leading ladies, Kerry Washington, Viola Davis and Ellen Pompeo, are gracing one of the four Shondaland covers for Entertainment Weekly. The level of Girl Power is quite serious in Shondaland, and we love that the creator and writer herself is so unapologetic about it.

In the issue hitting newsstands tomorrow, the ladies (as well as the 30+ stars of “Scandal,” “How To Get Away With Murder,” and “Grey’s Anatomy) candidly discuss racism and sexism in Hollywood…and hold nothing back. That’s one of the beauties of having a black female showrunner as your boss.

Here are a few highlights from their discussion that took place in L.A. over wine and cheese right before Viola’s husband whisked her away for her fabulous 50th birthday:

Viola Davis on colorism in the entertainment industry: “You have to come from Detroit or Atlanta to be black. If you have John Denver on your iPod and you come from Central Falls, Rhode Island, then: Eh, you trickle-down black woman.”

Kerry Washington on why it’s different to work for a female showrunner: “I was talking to an actress who’s pregnant and really worried about telling her bosses, and I said, ‘Yeah, when I told my boss I was pregnant, she literally jumped up and down in my trailer.’ I don’t know if there’s a male show­runner who would do that.”

Shonda Rhimes on why her parents were Gladiators: “When I encountered something that felt like racism—like my high school guidance counselor ­saying to me, ‘Honey, I don’t think you were made for Ivy League schools’—I called my mom at work and said, “Mom, this lady says I’m not made for Ivy League schools.” And my mother said, “Hold on, I’ll be there in five minutes.” My mom drove up to the school, walked into the guidance counselor’s office, came out, and said, “Everything’s fine now.”

Ha. Gotta love it. Peep the video below:

You can check out two more covers below, featuring the ridiculously sexy cast of “Scandal” and the intelligently risqué students of Professor Analise Keating, plus a multicast shot from PEOPLE magazine:

Fab! #TGIT returns September 24th.

Photos: James White for EW

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