The Emmys Were Magical
Black Girl Magical! Wussup.
Sunday night the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards proved to be a night to remember with Viola Davis becoming the first black woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. It also was a winning night for Regina King, who won her first Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie. Uzo Aduba, who won her second consecutive Emmy sunday night, became the first person since Ed Asher to win both a comedy and drama Emmy for the same character.
It was a beautiful night and the ladies did not disappoint, offering compelling and dynamic acceptance speeches.
Viola Davis gave a moving speech that began with a quote from Harriet Tubman:
“In my mind, I see a line. And over that 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. That was Harriet Tubman in the 1800s. And let me tell you something: The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.
You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”
She thanked all the writers and creators who are creating space for woman of color to be dynamic and seen on television. She also celebrated black womanhood as she acknowledged fellow black actresses who represent the visibility needed to make moments like hers possible.
Regina King seemed completely shocked by her win and remained in awe as she gave an eloquently grateful speech. She thanked her agents, the director, producers, cast and crew of American Crime, her mother and grandmother for being great examples of womanhood, and ended her speech with a beautiful salute to her son. This is her 30th year in showbiz and it was truly amazing to see someone who has been consistently working her entire career be acknowledged for her great work.
I can’t really say much about Uzo Aduba’s speech aside from the fact that it brought me to tears and continues to as i write this post. It is filled with gratitude, passion, and pure emotion. You just have to watch it!
You know, considering the fact that before Scandal premiered in 2012, a black woman hadn’t starred in a leading role on a primetime network drama since 1968, I’d say sunday night was long overdue. It was edifying to my spirit to see woman of my hue be acknowledged for how excellent they really are. #BlackGirlMagic for the win. Literally.
Oh, and for a little more Black Girl Magic, an Ava Duvernay directed commercial featuring Mary J. Blige, Taraji P. Henson and Kerry Washington for Apple Music premiered during the Emmy’s and It. Was. Everything! Check it out.