The Emmy Awards yesterday was a victorious one for Black women! Tears and countless tweets of joy poured in gushing about how three Black women, Uzoamaka Aduba, Regina King And Viola Davis won in one night, an Emmy Awards first.
The bold, moving acceptance speech from Viola was certainly the highlight of the night as she was clear about how the availability of opportunity is a factor of skin color. I foresee quotes from that speech being around for a long time. Within this epic speech, she dedicated her award to Gabby Union, Meagan Goode, Shonda Rhimes and a list of other actresses whose careers had led up her moment. Did I also mention that Ms. Davis was the first Black woman to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series?
One of the most beautiful moments from the night had to do with another Black actress and nominee of the night, Taraji P. Henson. She came through in full girl power, showing that women supporting women is certainly not a myth as others may like to peddle. The way she sprang up from her seat to embrace Viola when she (Viola) won in a category that Taraji herself was nominated was so uplifting to witness. Even how she reached for Regina’s hand as if she wanted to make sure she made it to the stage to TAKE that award, was truly special to watch. Oh Taraji, you totally sprinkled the magic essence in our hearts last night!
And Kerry, we did not miss your tears of joy as Viola did her thing. And we certainly did not blink while that phenomenal Apple Music ad directed by another gifted Black woman, Ava Duvernay played. It featured Mary J. Blige and Taraji again! It was an extraordinary night, I’m still trying to deal, the whole world is still trying to deal. The energy was genuine, it was feminine, it was melanin, it was magic!