A few hours ago actress Viola Davis became the first woman of colour to win an Emmy Award for her role as Annalise Keating in the series “How To Get Away With Murder”
When her name was called out fellow nominee Taraji P. Henson who was fan favourite to win gave her a super tight hug.
And as Viola Davis gave her speech Taraji was the only one in the audience that gave the actress a standing ovation, while Kerry Washington got teary eyed with pride. The mostly lukewarm response of the audience to her outstanding speech spoke volumes about how Hollywood doesn’t like to be confronted with the truth, which Davis called them out on in her speech. The truth is that until recently there were very few roles for black women, and the ones that existed were stereotypical “baby mama & angry black woman” roles.
We are so happy for Viola!
Watch her speech & read the transcript after the jump
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 color 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.
Powerful Speech! We give a standing ovation right along with Taraji!
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