“The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity,”
What a night!
It was a tough competiton in between Mrs Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) who has more than one trick up her sleeve and Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) who is known for winning all her cases.
But, it’s with grace that Viola Davis made history. She took the stage to accept her Outstanding Lead Actress Drama Award and became the first African-American actress to win a lead actress drama award at the Emmys. It was Davis first win. The “How to get away with murder” actress began with a quote from Harriet Tubman:
“ In my mind I see a line, I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me over that line. But I can’t seem to get there no how. I can’t seem to get over that line”
Our “Crazy Eyes” from “Orange is the new Black” Uzo Aduba won her Outstanding Supporting Actress comedy award. It’s her second straight Emmy as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes.” She went from guest actress to supporting actress this year. She gave us a speech full of emotion!
Regina King also won an Emmy for her role as Aliyah Shadeed in “American crime” as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a limited series or movie.
Queen Latifah took home an Emmy for Outstanding made for television movie with Bessy a HBO biopic about blues singer Bessie Smith. It was off-camera!
It’s been 24 years since last time 3 black women won Emmys on the same night. It was in 1991 when Ruby Dee, Lynn Whitfield, and Madge Sinclair took home Primetime Emmy Awards.
This 67th Primetime Emmy awards was dominated by black actresses. It showed not only spirit of solidarity, sisterhood but also excellence and a redefinition of what is being a Black actress. Although Taraji P. Henson did not win any Emmys we could not help notice her enthusiasm and support. She’s actually the real MVP!