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Diversity at the Emmy’s

If we’re being honest most college students don’t sit down and watch the Emmy’s. Social media shows us all of the best and worst dressed and winners of the night. The diversity of winners continue to grow each year so of course I was rooting for the underrepresented! The celebs were too. Issa Rae was asked who she was rooting for at the Emmy’s last night; her answer “all the black people”. If we’re being honest all black people would have probably had the same answer. Dave Chapelle even said on stage “I love seeing so many black people”.


It is refreshing to take a break from the hardcore news cycle and watch something lighter. Although I love current events I watched the show to be able to write this article so lets get down to business. 

· Lena Waithe became the first black woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy. In her acceptance speech she gave a shout out to her LGBQTIA family and stated “the things that make us different those are our superpowers”. (My response yes girl while clapping)

· Donald Glover (Childish Gambino) won Best Actor in a Comedy, becoming the first African American man to do so since 1985.

· Sterling K. Brown won Best Actor in a Drama, he is the first African American actor to win this category since 1998.

· Riz Ahmed won Best Actor in a limited series or TV Movie, he is the first South Asian man to win an acting Emmy.

· Donald Glover won Directing for a Comedy series, the first African American to win the award for comedic directing EVER.

· Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe won Writing for a Comedy Series. Waithe is the first African American woman to win in this category.

· Reality Host winner was RuPaul, Charles (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”)

· Unstructured Reality Program winner was “United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell” (CNN)


On Saturday night there was also the creative Emmy’s Award Show where:

·      Common’s “Letter to the free,” won an Emmy for the documentary 13th won Outstanding Music and lyrics

·      The Outstanding Comedy Guest Actor Emmy was awarded to Dave Chappelle (Saturday Night Live)

·      Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special was awarded to 13th which was produced by Ava DuVernay

It’s always good to see the inclusion of everyone in big award shows such as the Emmys’. May the diversity continue as the awards season continues.

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