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Emmy Award Win For Viola Davis the First Black Actress in a Female Lead Role

Emmy Award Win For Viola Davis the First Black Actress in a Female Lead Role



 

When Viola Davis' name was called as the recipient of the Best Actress in a Drama award at Sunday's Emmys, anyone watching the broadcast may have thought Taraji P. Henson actually won. Henson leapt out of her seat and gave her fellow nominee a giant bear hug.


And, in a sense, Davis' victory was a shared one - she is the first black woman to ever win a Best Actress Emmy.

 

In her speech, Davis thanked Taraji P. Henson, Kerry Washington, Halle Berry, Nicole Beharie, Meagan Good and Gabrielle Union all actresses of color.

 

"Thank you for taking us over that line," the How to Get Away with Murder star said, in reference to a Harriet Tubman quote with which she began her speech.

 

"The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity," Davis said. "You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there."

 

Davis credited Shonda Rhimes and How to Get Away With Murder showrunner Peter Nowalk with redefining "what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black."

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Congratulations Mrs. Viola Davis for your very much and well deserved Emmy Award win!!

You have given us fans many great performances over the years and I absolutely loved your performance in the movie "The Help". You should have also been the recipient of the Academy Award "Oscar" for "The Help" as well.

Much Love and May God continue to bless you and your family always!!

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