The 67th Emmy Awards went live last night, and it was a special night for many actors and actresses. Specifically, it was a beautiful night for black women in the world of television as we were represented well!
Thanks to Shonda Rhimes, and writers/producers like her we're seeing more and more brown faces in significant roles on television.. and brown faced women at that! Television shows like Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, Orange is the New Black, and American Crime give credence to the sheer fact that talent transcends our difference. These shows have allowed for so many people to be recognized for their acting skills, and not overlooked because of their race or sex.
Last night was magical for some of the names we all know best from the above mentioned shows. The gorgeous Viola Davis made history as she took home the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her exceptional work on How to Get Away with Murder. She is the first Black woman to win this honor. Her speech brought many to tears as she so eloquently explained why her win was significant.
The adorable Uzo Aduba was full of gratitude for her second Emmy for her role as Crazy Eyes on Orange Is the New Black. Regina King's win for her role in American Crime was super special because this is an actress who has been in the game for years (starting in 227), but is just now getting her first nomination AND Emmy! Amazing.
The night was sweet overall, but these three women and their powerful words were my favorite moments of the night. If you missed it, you can check out their acceptance speeches below. It really was a beautiful night for television! Love!