Black Actresses Make History at 2015 Emmy Awards on Sunday

Florida/Georgia Star

Black women dominated the prestigious Emmy Awards last week when their names were called as nominees in some of the most coveted categories.
Three out of six women up for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie were well respected names in the Black community. Among
them, Angela Bassett for American Horror Story: Freak Show and Mo’Nique for Bessie.

However, it was Regina King who would walk away with the award for her role in American Crime. The award was presented by stars of the new hit show Empire, Terrance Howard and King’s friend Taraji P. Henson who screamed out her name in delight.

Later on, the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series award went to Uzo Aduba, of Orange is the New Black. Aduba’s win sealed her place in history as the first woman to win Best Actress in a Comedy and in a Drama for the same role. She won in the Outstanding Guest Actress
in a Comedy Series category last year.

However, the evening belonged to Viola Davis for her leading role in How To Get Away With Murder. Henson got up from her seat to embrace Davis as she made her way to accept the award, and cameras caught tears of joy flowing from the eyes of Scandal’s Kerry Washington during the acceptance speech.

“In my mind, I see a line,” Davis quoted holding her award. “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.’ That was Harriet
Tubman in the 1800s. And let me tell you something: The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”

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