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Many think that the Golden Age of Black television is now, and these influential women are making this the best year yet for representation on the small screen. From making Hollywood a better place to giving us serious #sisterhood goals, these ladies are inspiring us onscreen and off.
Going into the 2015 Emmy Awards ceremony, I was cautious with my excitement. While this year’s show highlighted more Black actors and actresses than ever before, you can never be sure if those nominations will turn into a win. There are often politics at play in the selection of who wins what awards, and people of color have always managed to come out on the bottom. But this year, all that has changed.
I should’ve known something was in the air when Andy Samberg dropped a few jokes about the lack of diversity in Hollywood in his opening number. But I never could have been prepared for what was to come.
I watched with great pride as a joy-filled Viola Davis gave a standing ovation to a shocked and emotional Regina King. She did so to celebrate after King won the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her role in the ABC anthology drama, American Crime. I was thrilled to see this woman who I had grown up watching on 227 and Southland and watched grow into a mega-talented actress and director receive her accolade. It was about time.
There’s no possibility of Taraji or Viola winning. They’d never give us more than one award in the same event. That’s what I thought to myself after King’s win. Taraji P. Henson and Viola Davis had turned in such monumental performances on their respected shows that I hoped one of the ladies would win. But as a regular award show viewer, you start to note and expect patterns.
Then, the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series came up. I tempered myself. Now, Uzo Aduba is new to this category since they changed Orange is the New Black from a comedy to a drama. There’s no denying her talent, but she already won last year. She’s not a Tina Fey or Julia Louis-Dreyfus to mainstream Hollywood, so there’s no way they’d ever give her two awards in a row.
And yet, they did. When Jamie Lee Curtis announced her name, I was as surprised as Aduba herself. She got to the stage and was barely able to keep the tears in as she shook her way through a very grateful acceptance speech.
By the time Adrian Brody sauntered onto the stage to present the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama award, I was seriously doubting myself. Well, maybe people are ready to give credit where credit is due… When Brody called Davis’s name, I was taken aback. My eyes teared up and I stood up to get closer to the TV. As Taraji P. Henson, her fellow nominee, ran to Davis and hugged her with all of her might, I could barely contain my tears. To see this display of two Black women in their bliss, one congratulating the other, fully knowing the impact of the history being made, was Black Excellence embodied for all to witness on a national scale. Then cut to Kerry Washington weeping and clapping in the audience and my thug was all the way gone. The tears were a’flowin’.
And then there was the speech:
“”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, the Kerry Washingtons, the Halle Berrys, the Nicole Beharies, the Meagan Goods, to Gabrielle Union: Thank you for taking us over that line. Thank you to the Television Academy. Thank you.”
The first Black actress to win the award for best leading actress in a drama series. Can you believe that? Debbie Allen was the first Black actress to receive the nomination for her role in Fame, and she would go on to receive the nomination four consecutive times, but she never took the award home. Other actresses like Alfre Woodward and Cicely Tyson have received the nomination as well, as well as Kerry Washington, but the “White streak” would not be broken until last night.
Inevitably, her speech will probably be taken out of context. Inevitably, someone will complain that she excluded White women and it will turn into a pseudo #AllActressesMatter narrative and a watered down diversity debate. People can do all they want to destroy this moment, but it will be to no avail. For last night, we watched three beautiful, talented and accomplished Black women make Hollywood history. And hopefully, in the years to come, people of color being recognized for their talents in Hollywood will become commonplace instead of being an anomaly.
#BlackGirlMagic ran wild at last night’s Emmys when Viola Davis became the first Black actress to win the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
It’s the role of Annalise Keating in How To Get Away With Murder that brought Davis the win, of course, but it’s the actress’ perseverance in an industry that doesn’t necessarily want to see women like her succeed that allowed her to make history. Quoting Harriet Tubman in her acceptance speech, Davis said:
“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. 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.”
Recognizing “people who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black,” Davis went on to shout out Taraji P. Henson, Kerry Washington, Hallie Berry, and Gabrielle Union, saying “Thank you for taking us over that line.”
And then more tears ensued.
Watch Viola Davis’ moving speech below. Also, special shout out to Uzo Aduba who took home an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her role as “Crazy Eyes” in Orange is the New Black and Regina King who was named Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for American Crime.
Regina King is on a roll with her recent directorial debut on last night’s Being Mary Jane and a beautiful pledge of honor with Essence Magazine over the Oscar’s weekend. This fabulous mom of one is making big things happen. Having over 25 years in Hollywood, today we salute this woman of glamour and take a moment to check some of her flyest fashions over time.
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WCW: 15 Flawless Regina King Moments
Not only has Regina King booked another recurring role on a television series, but it’s the long anticipated new drama from Oscar winning “12 Years a Slave” screenwriter John Ridley.
ABC’s “American Crime” is an anthology that explores race, class and gender through the lens of a racially charged murder and its subsequent trial. The series will explore the case through multiple viewpoints, including the victim’s parents played by Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton, and the character played by King – a Muslim woman named Aliyah Shadeed.
“It’s a complete story, where usually when we’re watching shows or movies, it’s told through a certain character’s perspective,” King told reporters Wednesday at the Television Critics Association’s Winter Press Tour. “Even though some shows it will say it’s an ensemble cast, it’s still a little more through one or two characters’ lens, but this is truly a complete story, and you end with feeling frustrated like we do, you feel hope like we do all of the things that all of us feel in our day to day lives and experiences that happen to us, and the circumstances that have taken place in our lives that have created those experience. John so amazingly did that in 11 episodes.”
Read more about Regina’s new show at EurWeb.com
Last night, Elle magazine celebrated their annual Women in Television event in West Hollywood, and honored the achievements of a few lovely ladies (including Tracee Ellis Ross and Shonda Rhimes). I was glad to see so many fabulous women of color step out for the event, which is a reminder that the face of television is slowly but surely changing for the better. But what did they wear? Let’s take a look at the ensembles from last night and decide whose style we would steal, and who should just stop…
Even though she didn’t strut her stuff in front of photogs when she arrived, Gabrielle Union showed off her Novis skirt, cropped black top with open sides and sassy blue suede shoes once inside. While I wish the skirt (which I’m sure was expensive) had some more body and poof, I would totally steal this look. Extra points for the softly curled hair and berry bright lip.
Now that Common has lifted his personal ban on dating industry women, has he found love in the arms of actress Regina King? For quite some time now, there have been rumors that the Chicago rapper has been dating the former “Southland” actress. During an interview with The Rickey Smiley Show, Common addressed those rumors.
“Nah, I mean I love Regina King as an actress and I think she’s a beautiful woman,” he explained. “I haven’t even talked to Regina King in a little while. I seen her somewhere, but um nah, that’s not true.”
He also expressed that out of all of his famous exes, if he had to, he would be most willing to do a relationship do-over with Serena Williams.
“Um, probably Serena. Yes, point blank she’s just a good person and when we broke up, it was one of these things where we just weren’t ready at that time. I probably would be at a new place, she would be at a new place and it might work out.”
However, he doesn’t seem like he’s trying to go there.
“The only love there is tennis,” he said in response to a question about whether or not he still loves the tennis star. “You know what I’m talking about? [Laughs]. Nah, I do got love for Serena, I ain’t gonna lie. I got love for her, that’s my buddy.”
Listen to his interview below. Do you think Common and Regina would’ve been a good match?
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I don’t know about you, but I watch New York Undercover on YouTube like it came out last night. I was a huge fan of the show when it used to come on after Martin and Living Single on Fox on Thursday nights, and I’m still holding out hope that the show will be released on DVD soon. Until then, I catch up on episodes online and find myself surprised by all the now-famous faces I see getting their start as actors (or just getting that young paycheck in between roles) on the show. I thought I would share a few with you. Here are 10 famous folks who had a role on New York Undercover back in the day and you probably didn’t notice.
Taye Diggs – “No Greater Love”
The Brookly-bred actor who mostly talks about his days on Broadway in RENT before getting his big break in Hollywood had a role on the show in 1996. He played Stephon Phillips, the brother of a young man gunned down whose death he’s out to avenge. With his puffy Tommy Hilfiger coat, earrings and Brooklyn accent, Diggs was actually pretty convincing as a gun-toting hoodlum. Check him out at the 1:10 mark.
“Nothing Is More Painful Than To Leave Them Behind”: Aaron McGruder Speaks On Leaving “The Boondocks”
As season four of The Boondocks is set to premiere on April 21st on Adult Swim after a long hiatus and much anticipation, most of the players are the same: Regina King will return to voice both Huey and Riley Freeman, as will John Witherspoon to voice Robert Freeman, aka, “granddad.” However, the biggest piece of the puzzle and the reason for the show’s controversy and success who will be missing this final season is Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder. We told you recently that McGruder decided to part ways from the show, and in an official statement from Adult Swim, they claimed it had a lot to do with clashing production schedules:
“This season was produced without the involvement of Aaron McGruder, when a mutually agreeable production schedule could not be determined.”
McGruder has finally spoken out about leaving his beloved show behind, and working on his new project on Adult Swim, called Black Jesus. He shared his thoughts on the Facebook page of his new show:
“As the world now knows, The Boondocks will be returning for a fourth season, but I will not be returning with it. I’d like to extend my gratitude to Sony and Adult Swim for three great seasons.
I created The Boondocks two decades ago in college, did the daily comic for six years, and was showrunner on the animated series for the first three seasons. The Boondocks pretty much represents my life’s work to this point. Huey, Riley, and Granddad are not just property to me. They are my fictional blood relatives. Nothing is more painful than to leave them behind.
To quote a great white man, “Hollywood is a business”. And to quote another great white man, “Don’t hold grudges”.
What has never been lost on me is the enormous responsibility that came with The Boondocks – particularly the television show and it’s relatively young audience. It was important to offend, but equally important to offend for the right reasons. For three seasons I personally navigated this show through the minefields of controversy. It was not perfect. And it definitely was not quick. But it was always done with a keen sense of duty, history, culture, and love. Anything less would have been simply unacceptable.
As for me, I’m finally putting a life of controversy and troublemaking behind me with my upcoming Adult Swim show, BLACK JESUS.
It seems like things are still okay between McGruder and Adult Swim, seeing as the cartoonist will premiere his new live-action comedy show, Black Jesus, on the network. Many people have been saddened by the news that the show is going on without McGruder, but what do you think? Will you still tune in? Last time I tried to ride for a comedy that didn’t involve its original creator/showrunner, things went downhill fast (i.e., The Chappelle Show), but there have also been positive outcomes too, including in dramas (i.e., The Walking Dead). We’ll just have to wait and see how this new season turns out.
It’s a fresh start for some of Hollywood’s most notable names in 2014. While heartbreak came knocking on their door, it’s not all doom and gloom for these stunners. With a new year comes new opportunities to find the loves of their lives. So in honor of these strong, resilient women, we take a look at 2014’s newly single celebrities.