The 69th Emmys Were Filled With a Ton of Black Excellence

Watching major Hollywood award shows such as the Emmys does come with a grain of salt for black viewers. Awards have been historically biased towards white talent and in modern times, deserving writers, producers, comedians and actors of color are seemingly invisible.

From peek glitz and glamour on the red carpet to winning various awards, black excellence was easy to root for.  Monumental achievements were made in Hollywood this year as both industry talent and fans pushed for diversity and inclusion. The 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards captured magical moments for not only pop culture but also for black history.

Donald Glover, a man of many talents took home both a directing and acting award for the culture. The genius behind the hit show Atlanta FX, Glover won the Emmy award for “Best Actor in a Comedy Series”, an award not won by an African American actor since 1985.  He also took home the Emmy award for “Outstanding Director for a Comedy Series” the first black person to EVER win this category.

Sterling K Brown gives a passionate speech accepting the award for “Lead Drama Actor” for his role in “This Is Us” despite, being cut short. With this victory, Brown becomes the first black actor to win this award in 19 years. His eloquent speech of gratitude was cut short by music and lowering of the microphone, however, Brown continued his moment backstage, recognizing his competitors, costars, family, and friends.

Lena Waithe also broke barriers at the 69th Emmy Awards. Waithe, made history as the first black woman ever nominated for “Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series” for the hit series “Master of None”. Waithe alongside co-creator Aziz Ansari won the category and celebrated diversity with the acceptance.

“The things that make us different, those are our superpowers”  Exclaims Waithe, acknowledging LGBTQIA family. “Thank you for embracing a little Indian boy from South Carolina and a little queer black girl from the South Side of Chicago. We appreciate it more than you could ever know.”

Those landmark awards were not the only achievements in black Hollywood. Nominees, presenters, and winners all showcased loads of melanin magic. Dave Chapelle, who presented Donald Glover with his first Emmy, was also awarded his first Emmy for his appearance on “Saturday Night Live”. “United Shades Of America: With W. Kamau Bell” and  RuPaul Charles of “RuPaul’s Drag Race also took home Emmy awards.

The fashionable looks were winners of their own. Tracee Ellis Ross, arguably snubbed for her matriarchal role in Black-ish was a clear winner of the red carpet. Ross stunned wearing Chanel Haute Couture and her hair cornrowed to the back. Gabrielle Union makes her Emmy Award red carpet debut accompanied by NBA star husband Dwyane Wade.

From Oprah Winfrey to Cicely Tyson the iconic looks, empowering words and timeless moments of black culture thrived at the Emmy Awards.  In the future, the silver screen accolades can only get blacker and nobody is complaining.

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