Hey, all! I want to start off this Monday with something amazing. Last night, entertainment history was made by Viola Davis when she won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for her role on How To Get Away With Murder. She is the first woman of color to win that award! It is honestly one of the most refreshing moments of award show history.
The moment was made even more spectacular when she proceeded to deliver the most amazing acceptance speech of life. She quoted Harriet Tubman and stated, “’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 proceeded to say, “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.” She ended her speech by thanking fellow African-American actresses, such as fellow nominee, Taraji P. Henson, Kerry Washington, Meagan Good, and Halle Bery for taking women of color over that line.
Hollywood may not like to hear the truth, but she served it hot and ready. She spoke VOLUMES and it was the best moment of the Emmy’s last night, hands down. Kerry Washington was in tears while Taraji P. Henson gave a standing ovation. I was simply epic. Congratulations to her! That win was 100000000000000% deserved!