The 69th Emmy Awards broadcasted this Sunday and it was a night of Black history! Imagine that!
Donald Glover, won for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series for the “B.A.N.” episode of Atlanta. He became the first African-American to win an Emmy in the Directing category for a comedy series. And the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for Atlanta. In Atlanta, Glover plays Earnest “Earn” Marks, a dad and a college dropout whose cousin becomes a famous rapper. Glover started his acceptance speech, “Yo.” He continued with, “I’m so happy. Wow. Thank you guys so much. This is nuts. I really want to thank the academy again, all of you guys in here.”
Glover re-thanked his partner, his son, unborn child, the city of Atlanta, and the FX network. He followed it up by adding, “I want to thank Trump for making black people number one on the most oppressed list. He’s the reason I’m probably up here.”
Lena Waithe won Outstanding Writer in a Comedy Series, along with Aziz Ansari for the “Thanksgiving” episode of Master of None. Waithe made history, becoming the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing. The widely acclaimed episode was based on her experience of coming out as a lesbian. Waithe called out the importance of diversity in entertainment and the culture at large in accepting the award. She was clearly overcome with emotion.
“The things that make us different — those are our superpowers,” she said. She made special mention of her “LGBTQIA family” and urged viewers who feel outside of the mainstream to don a superhero cape every day “and go out there and conquer the world. It would not be as beautiful as it is if we weren’t in it.”
And there’s more, Sterling K. Brown won the highest television acting honor by scooping the Oustanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role in This Is Us. Brown plays Randall, the black adopted son of the otherwise white Pearson family, and his quest to find his biological father and explore his racial identity made for riveting television in the show’s first season, especially in “Memphis,” the episode Brown submitted for awards consideration, which involved a road trip Randall took with his biological father. Brown gave kudos to his TV family, “Milo, Mandy, Justin, Chrissy — you are the best white TV family that a brother has ever had.”
He also won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, American Crime Story, (2016) for playing “Christopher Darden”.
This is when you find out about all the cool shows on TV. Yep, guess I’ll start watching “This is Us”.