Tuesday, November 30

Black Woman Goes Gold



By Naje Graham

Viola Davis made history by being the first African American woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (2015) and now an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2017.

Viola Davis emotionally and tear-filled speech left the audience inspired. After years of hard work, Viola Davis has finally gotten the credit that she deserves. From movies such as The Help that never got the credit that it deserved, you can imagine the excitement the African American community had when Davis won Best Supporting Actress from a role she played where both leading characters were black (Fences). After years of being bashed by the African American community for not giving credit to black actors/actress, the Oscars have made a change. Viola Davis’ win is stepping stone in the right direction, I look forward to seeing other black actresses like Taraji P Henson and Gabrielle Union win the awards they deserve. Viola Davis’ Emmy is a win for the battle of inclusion in Hollywood.

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