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Viola Davis: First Black Woman To Win Best Actress in Drama Series!

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!

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Right. I have a good friend from college, she was in my acting studio. PHENOMINAL actress, and she had to fight for every role she got. People who didn't hold a candle to her got parts over her because of either her age or her race. It pissed me off, because when you want to do something you'd better go against the best or you're not really winning. I"m glad she won, because she truly deserved it!
2 years agoReply
yesssss!! Hard work and pure talent enjoy 馃槉
2 years agoReply
@TessStevens @Emescia SO TRUE. She's amazingly talented and worked so hard to get where she is. What you were saying Tess reminded me of that scene in Scandal two seasons ago... "You have to be twice as good as them to get half of what they have". It's unfortunately still true.
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Yesss that quote "You have to be twice as good as them to get half of what they have" pretty much sums up a lot of things. I am so proud of Viola Davis and it's awesome to see this sort of history unfold -- even if it did take this long. @Shannonl5
2 years agoReply
Well said, @JonPatrickHyde!
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