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Black Women Breaking Barriers: Viola Davis Wins An Emmy


Even if you were not tuned into the Emmys last Sunday, I’m sure you have seen multiple headlines and tweets about the historic moment when Viola Davis won the Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She is the first black actress to win an award in this category.

Davis, who was in utter shock as her name was called, was given a standing ovation by fellow nominee Taraji P. Henson. Henson appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Tuesday to address Davis’s win along with her thoughts on being one of the only two African American women nominated.

“God, just please give it to one of us so we will never have to say that again. You know, let’s just break this barrier down and keep on pushing.”

Davis delivered a phenomenal speech which brought audience members to tears.

“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 nohow. 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.”

After her speech, social media flooded with positive messages of people supporting and commending Davis. According to Leigh Cuen of Vocativ.com, “posts using hashtags including #blackexcellence and #blackgirlmagic skyrocketed, with the latter garnering over 7,000 mentions in tweets about the Emmys.”

Alongside Davis, other notable women of color who won Emmys include Uzo Aduba from the hit show Orange is the New Black and American Crime‘s Regina King.