Thursday, February 2, 2023

People of Color Who Made History At 2017 Emmy Award

The just concluded Emmy Awards was one of a kind, not only did some people of color make history but it was an outstanding night for female caste TV Shows, The Handmaid’s Tale, Big Little Lies, Veep, and San Junipero took home the most awards and biggest awards in their category. Although it seems like the world is just catching up on the acts from people of color, we are definitely excited that they are finally getting the attention they deserve. Four people of color from different races and backgrounds made history and who could they be?


 The first black woman to win an award for best-writing comedy|Lena Waithe

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Lena Waithe shared this outstanding award with Aziz Ansari. She is the first African-American woman to win an award for best writing comedy at the Emmys, the winning episode of “Master of None” that got her this historic award is the “Thanksgiving,” which has been the favorite of fans.

The first black person to win an award for the best-directing comedy|Donald Glover

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 Donald Glover came to win, and oh yes he did. He did not just take home an award but he made history by becoming the first black person to win an Emmy for ‘Outstanding Directing in a Comedy’. Donald Glover also went away with the Emmy for ‘Best Comedy Actor’ were he surpassed last years winner Transparent’s Jeffrey Tambor, Master of None’s Aziz Ansari and Black-ish’s Anthony Anderson.


 The first Asian man (and Muslim) to win an acting Emmy|Riz Ahmed


Riz Ahmed is the first ever Asian man and Muslim to win an Emmy award in general for acting. He won this award due to his role on HBO’s The Night Of. The closet person of an Asian decent to win an Emmy for acting is Archie Panjabi,  and that was due to her supporting performance on CBS series ‘The Good Wife’.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama|Sterling K. Brown


Sterling K. Brown won ‘Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama’ for his work on ‘This is Us’. This is the first time in 19 years that this award has been won by a black man. In 1998, Andre Braugher won this award for his work on a Homicide  ‘Life On The Street’.

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