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Viola Davis Wins Historic Emmy – First Black Woman To Win Lead Actress In A Drama Series

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Viola Davis has made Emmys history. The “How To Get Away With Murder” actress took home the award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series.

Viola is the first black woman to ever win the category and she began her eloquent acceptance speech by quoting Harriet Tubman.

“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 the line, but I can’t seem to get there no-how. I can’t seem to get over that line.”

“The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is simply opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there. So here’s to all the writers, the awesome people—people who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black. 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.”

Source: NY Daily News





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