Monday, 21 September 2015

The Emmy's 2015: Women of Colour & Opportunity

If you are in the UK, you might have, like me, woken up to the joyful news that not one, not two, but three extremely talented black women were appreciated and rewarded for their amazing acting contributions to television in the USA. Yes! The Emmy Awards: Viola Davis, Uzo Aduba and Regina King were awarded for Outstanding Lead Actresses in a Drama, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama, and Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series respectively.

Uzo Aduba: 'Crazy Eyes' in Orange Is The New Black

I am not that much of a TV head and so I would be lying if I said that I had watched all of their respective shows and could critically assess their respective performances. Notwithstanding, when I heard about these awards, I was immediately happy... Happy that hard working, talented black women have been acknowledged and celebrated amongst their peers and in front of a global audience.

Regina King: American Crime

There are so many amazing black actors/actresses that are hungry to be given the opportunity... and not only is this frequently denied them in the mainstream, but when given tends to be limited to stereotypical 'black people' roles... so I am happy, that these women in their various and diverse roles have helped to cross lines, encourage diversity and represent black women in a positive and powerful manner.

Viola Davis: How To Get Away With Murder

Viola Davis' award as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama was a historical achievement as she is the first black woman to win the Outstanding Actress Award. Her emotional acceptance speech hit the nail on the head squarely when 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.” She continued: “The only thing that separates women of colour from any other is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there." name-checking fellow nominees Kerry Washington and Taraji P. Henson, who both looked quite tearful as Davis made her powerful speech, and thanked them for "taking us over that line".

You can watch her accepting her award and delivering her speech below:

Congratulations ladies... You are trailblazers... achievers and an inspiration. You have done us proud and BC hopes that you are afforded the opportunity to continue to do so.

Thanks for reading...

Stay confident and beautiful.


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