By now, I know you’ve heard or seen on your feeds the most exciting news that came out of the 2015 Emmy Awards as far three major honors going to three, separate Black actresses. Viola Davis won for Best Leading Actress In A Drama (How to Get Away With Murder),Uzo Aduba for Best Supporting Actress in A Drama (Orange Is The New Black) and Regina King for Best Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie (American Crime). A handful of others, such as Queen Latifah and Mo’nique (for Bessie) and Tracee Ellis Ross (for Black-ish) were also in attendance and nominees.
Taraji P. Henson, another major nominee for Best Leading Actress In A Drama (for Empire) was the ultimate true blue friend cheerleader for her friends as she presented King with her award and shared a hug with Davis right before the fellow former Oscar nominee went on stage to drop that YouTube repeat-worthy speech.
It was a joyous night for Black girls and women everywhere to see, and here’s hoping the moments were just as uplifting for all women to witness. When actresses like Davis, King and Abuda win and for the roles they play in which their characters are strong, flawed, brave, and unapologetically unique and everyday, the honors they receive on such glamorous nights like the Emmys speak to the larger scope of Black women being just as much as the heart of America’s stories and the fight for diversity. Yes, that word again. Diversity. A role that matters both on and behind the scenes. There would be no Scandal or Grey’s Anatomy without Shonda Rhimes and Orange Is the New Black wouldn’t obtain the brilliant, different cast it has without the insistence of its show adaptor Jenji Kohan.
Also during the Emmys telecast, Apple dropped a popping commercial that featured Kerry Washington, Henson, and Mary J. Blige, promoting their new streaming and playlist service. Apple Music. It was so cute and so cool, it was ultimate SoCal get together with your close galfriends. And Ava DuVernay (of Selma fame) directed it and reportedly it’s just chapter one of a three-part mini-commercial set. (I still can’t believe “Bad Blood“ and now this commercial got made without me!) The #BlackGirlMagic just wouldn’t let up! (Good!)
#Blackgirlsrock completely ruled the Emmys 2015. Ladies, keep the inspiration coming!