In a time where black culture is thriving behind the scenes and on the big screen, it looks like this year’s Emmys have done their homework and acknowledged the work that many black actors/actresses have put in to create the best movies and television shows.
The 74th Annual Emmy Awards were held live last night from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and was hosted by comedian/actor Kenan Thompson. Black women in Television dominated with wins in categories like; Best Writing for a Comedy Series, Best Competition Series, and Lead Actress in A Drama etc. The real Cinderella story of the night came from renowned actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, who took home her first ever Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in A Comedy for “Abbott Elementary.”
Sheryl Lee Ralph makes history as the second Black woman to have received this award. Her acceptance speech received a standing ovation and there wasn’t one dry eye in the room.
To anyone who has ever, ever had a dream and thought your dream wasn’t, wouldn’t, couldn’t come true. I am here to tell you that this is what believing looks like. This is what striving looks like. And don’t you ever, ever give up on you.”Sheryl Lee Ralph
“Euphoria” star, Zendaya snatched up her second Emmy award for the Lead Actress In A Drama for her role as Rue in the HBO Max hit show. She also makes history as the first Black woman to win twice in that category.
As the night continued, Quinta Brunson, who’s the creator and star of ABC’s comedy “Abbott Elementary”, received her first ever Emmy for Best Writing for a Comedy Series as she wrote the pilot episode of the sitcom.
Pop star, singer-songwriter Lizzo grabbed a trophy as well for her Amazon Prime show, “Watch Out for the Big Grrrls”, which followed her on the pursuit for backup dancers to join her team. The ‘About Damn Time’ singer dedicated her win to all Black women, the LGBTQ community and women of all sizes.