Last night television’s biggest stars gathered in Los Angeles for the 2017 Emmys. Favorites such as Insecure, Atlanta, Black-ish, and many more were up to take home the gold, cumulating a great year on the silver screen for people of color.
Like many other awards shows, we all waited in anticipating hoping for our people to get much deserved props. As Issa Rae said herself on the red carpet:
“I’m rooting for everybody back”
— Variety (@Variety) September 17, 2017
And Issa definitely was rooting for the right team as history was made last night. Yes, even in 2017 people of color are STILL having those “first” moments.
Beginning with actress/writer Lena Waithe, who won Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, making her the first African American woman to win the award. During her speech she spoke directly to the LGBTQIA community, thanking them for their support and necessary representation in television
— Shadow And Act (@shadowandact) September 18, 2017
Next actor, rapper, writer, director (what can he not do?) Donald Glover was the first African American to win Best Directing in Comedy Series for hit show Atlanta. He also took home the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, making him only the second African American in history to win.
.@donaldglover's acceptance speech for Best Actor in a Comedy Series
— Complex Pop Culture (@ComplexPop) September 18, 2017
While last night was a triumphant moment, it was also a shocking reality that black people and all people of color still have ceilings to shatter as far as representation goes. We’ve come so far, and yet not far enough.
However, we are making our mark and will continue to do so. Contrary to popular belief, the revolution actually will be televised.