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Viola Davis has made history today.

Davis is the actress who plays Professor Annalise Keating in "How To Get Away With Murder" and she has earned an Emmy Award for best lead actress in a drama series. She is the first Black woman to win this award!

After accepting the award, Davis ended with with an emotional speech:

"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鈥檚 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 and Kerry Washingtons, the Halle Berrys, the Nicole Beharies, the Meagan Goodes, to Gabrielle Union. Thank you for taking us over that line. Thank you for the Television Academy. Thank you."

Congratulations, Viola Davis! You definitely DESERVED and you have EARNED this award!

No way! Congrats to her! I cant believe she was the first one to win that award.....after all these years. Although its something we need to celebrate, we should also keep in mind it took a very long time.
I'm quite proud for her. It simply should not have taken this long!
wow. amazing and emotional speech. I teared up! Viola Davis is a phenomenal actress and she more than deserved this. So proud of the academy for getting this one right!
The speech, impeccable. I graduated from acting school and so many of my peers had this exact view, but Viola put it so eloquently. Amazing. She's a kick ass actress and an even cooler person.
yesssss!! Hard work and pure talent enjoy 馃槉
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