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Created by Aaron McGruder, controversial adult cartoon The Boondocks first hit television screens in 2005. With characters voiced by Regina King (Huey and Riley Freeman), John Witherspoon (Granddad), Gary Anthony Williams (Uncle Ruckus), Cedric Yarbrough (Tom Dubois) and Charlie Murphy (Wuncler), The Boondocks earned quite a few fans and opposers alike during its heyday. The social and political commentary-heavy satire ran for four seasons on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. McGruder left the show after the third season to pursue other interests, namely his live-action comedy Black Jesus. But fans of the series are hoping to see their favorite characters back on screen. Could more of The Boondocks be in the works? Read on for secrets behind the making of the show in the meantime.
The 68th annual primetime Emmy Awards took place last night in Los Angeles. Wasting no time, host Jimmy Kimmel made a joke early on during the broadcast about diversity, saying to POC in attendance, “If you are a person of color, find a white person and reach out and say thanks for your bravery.” Kimmel also made a point to compare the Emmys to that other highly coveted award, the Oscar, or Academy Award, which as we know, has a long way to go when it comes to diversity and inclusion. But that’s Hollywood in general. But I digress, because this slideshow is all about, what? Fashion! And the style choices of women of color were very diverse last night. Some of our favorite actresses – nominated and non-nominated alike – rocked the hottest looks at the Emmys, and we present them to you in all their slaying glory.
In just a few hours, some of Hollywood’s best and brightest will come together to celebrate the 68th Annual Primetime Emmys. Saluting the most impressive and innovative television shows of the year, the Emmys is must-watch viewing for any pop culture fan. And with the diverse array of talent that is nominated, we’re excited to see the outcome of who will walk away with awards for their talented contributions.
So without further adieu, MadameNoire gives you a handy guide to the accomplished black actors and actresses that will be vying for a trophy Sunday night.
Category: Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy
Why We Love Him: Anthony Anderson has had quite the career, but we think black-ish marked something truly special among all of his film and television credits. Serving as both lead actor and executive producer, Anderson has created a show that gives a honest look at the struggles and triumphs of black families today through a distinctive, unique and authentic lens. And it’s utterly hilarious.
Regina King has been doing her thing in Hollywood ever since she played Brenda Jenkins on 227, but 30-plus years in the game the actress is finally getting her just due from the mainstream. To toast to the many talents and achievements of King, not the least of which was her recent Primetime Emmy for Best Supporting Actress for her role on American Crime, new style app Snap+Style and Diddy’s Revolt celebrated the star with her friends and fellow industry leaders at the Chateau Marmont in Howard Hughes old penthouse suite in LA.
The intimate cocktail party was flooded with big names like William Macy, the cast of Straight Out of Compton, Cheryl Boone Issacs, Mara Brock Akil, John Ridley, Judy Smith, Felicity Huffman, Mc Lyte, Keke Palmer, Bob Greenblatt, Robi Reed, and others. LL Cool J also delivered a personal touch to his longtime friend.
Check out pics of star-studded event below. Salute to Regina King for her success and Snap+Style and Revolt for recognizing her decades-long #BlackGirlMagic.
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.