|Viola Davis became the first African American woman to win an Emmy for being an Outstanding Lead Actress.|
I don't often watch award shows. I find them annoying. I don't like watching them for one reason: Kim Kardashian. She is the reason why I can't stand reality television and celebrity award shows.
The awards shows are given to talent. There's no question for that. But it's unfortunate that her impact on the media has truly "dumb down" celebrity gossip. I mean seriously, I am not into this stuff because the hearsay.
The only thing that drives my attention to awards shows is "first".
Like a historical moment in television or movie history.
Andy Samberg hosted the Emmy Awards last night. The star of Brooklyn Nine-9 hosted the awards show on Fox. Well one actress broke the long standing history of concerns. She became the first actress of color to win an Emmy award for an outstanding lead.
Viola Davis won that award. The star of stage, movies and television became the first African American woman to win the award. She is the breakout character in ABC's How To Get Away With Murder.
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Beginning with a quote from Harriet Tubman, she said, “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.”
Then she started looking to the present. “Let me tell you something: The only thing that separates women of color form anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.” So she thanked all of the people who have “redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black.” She then rounded things out by calling out fellow actresses, including Taraji P. Henson (Empire), Kerry Washington (Scandal), Halle Berry (Extent), and more to say “thank you for taking us over that line.”
Viola is known as Annalise Keating, a prosecutor and law professor who plots a sinister scheme with the aid of her naive students. The class How To Get Away with Murder is literally a monster on Thursday nights.
The Shondra Rhimes and Peter Nowalk series returns for season two and it's going to be better.
Viola also got flack from soap actress Nancy Lee Grahn. Grahn took a shot at her win. She hit up social media with complaint that Viola was being racist. Grahn also caught some flack from supporters.
|Regina King is an actress who played roles in 227, Boyz In The Hood, Friday, American Crime and The Boondocks.|
Tracy Morgan also made an appearance at the Emmy's. His return came after he survived last year's fatal accident in which his friend Jimmy Mac was killed by a reckless truck driver.
Morgan was a presenter and still managed to keep the crowd rolling with his punchlines.
Morgan was thankful for the well-wishers and promised a return to television and movies soon.
Mad props to Regina King (The Boondocks and American Crime) for winning an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress Limited in Movies and Television and Uzo Aduba (Orange Is The New Black) for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy/Drama.
This will be a memorable moment of Viola, Tracy, Regina and Uzo.