After years of necessary criticism (and annual Twitter draggings), the Emmys finally evolved and nominated several incredible Black actresses lead by Zendaya (“Euphoria”), Regina King (“Watchmen”), Issa Rae (“Insecure”), Kerry Washington (“Little Fires Everywhere”) and Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”) who shined on their critically-acclaimed shows despite Hollyweird’s lack of diversity.
Other nominated Black actresses include Octavia Spencer (“Self Made”), Yvonne Orji (“Insecure”), Nicole Byer (“Nailed It”), Cicely Tyson (“How To Get Away With Murder”), Angela Bassett (“A Black Lady Sketch Show”), Phylicia Rashad (“This Is Us”), Samira Wiley (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) and Maya Rudolph (“Saturday Night Live/The Good Place”).
But wait, there’s more: Uzo Aduba (“Mrs. America”), Wanda Sykes (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), Thandie Newton (“Westworld”) and Laverne Cox (“Orange Is The New Black”).
The refreshing noms signal a more inclusive approach by the storied Awards spectacle that’s failed to celebrate ALL of the best (and brightest) talent on the small screen over the years.
And yes, there’s STILL room for improvement but we’ll take the well-deserved nods that, naturally, sent Black Twitter into a starry-eyed TIZZY.
Peep the Twitter hysteria over the Black women-dominated Emmy noms on the flip.
“woke up to the best news 😍😍😍😍 congrats to @Zendaya @IssaRae @kerrywashington @ReginaKing on your emmy noms!!! zamnnnn #BlackGirlMagic” – well-deserved
“When black women get their tingz at the Emmys” – can’t wait to see it
“Some amazing black women have been nominated for Emmy’s this year. Yes yes yes! I am hereee for it!” – we are too
“all of them are nominated for emmys this year” – yessss
“Looking at all the black women nominated for Emmys this year…” – beautiful to see
“Ok I can’t get over how many black women are nominated for Emmys this year #Emmys2020” – we love love love to see it
“About to be at this year’s virtual Emmys like:” – us, too!
Tracy Ellis Ross
Thandie Newton &
Angela Bassett were all nominated for Emmys!! Love that for Black women” – this pic tho
“Today @nicolebyer became the first black woman to be nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Host of a Reality / Competition Program!!!” – we love her!