A Triumphant Breakthrough Night For Black Women: Viola Davis at the Emmys 2015

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Viola Davis Emmy and Husband Julius Tennon Feature

The Emmy Awards 2015, held last night, was such a breakthrough night for Black actresses in Tinseltown TV that I simply had to share the highlights here.

I woke up feeling like a conqueror today. Like I was built for success and greatness. How was I to know that it was the triumphs of my sisters that was calling me from beyond the seas to stand UP, do SOMETHING, fight HARDER and conquer?

Viola Davis and Husband Julius Tennon Emmy Awards 2015 |©Reuters |©Gilbert Flores: Broadimage
Viola Davis accepting her award and with her husband, Husband Julius Tennon Emmy Awards 2015 |©Reuters |©Gilbert Flores: Broadimage

Viola Davis started me off on the greatness – she won the Emmy for her role as Annalise Keating on ABC’s hit freshman show ‘How to Get Away with Murder’

©Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP|Viola Davis Emmy Awards 2015
©Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP|Viola Davis Emmy Awards 2015

Her acceptance speech moved every Black woman in the room (and a few of us at home) to tears, as she opened by quoting the slave trade abolitionist Harriet Tubman and then finally giving thanks for the OPPORTUNITY to even excel; to show what she is made of:

‘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.’ That was Harriet Tubman in the 1800s. And let me tell you something: The only thing that separates women of colour from anyone else is opportunity.

You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there. So, here’s to all the writers, the awesome people that are Ben Sherwood, Paul Lee, Peter Nowalk, Shonda Rhimes. People who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black. And to the Taraji P. Hensons and Kerry Washingtons, the Halle Berrys, the Nicole Beharies, the Meagan Goodes, to Gabrielle Union. Thank you for taking us over that line. Thank you for the Television Academy. Thank you.

 

And the tweets wouldn’t stop flooding in!

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