Last night, the 67th Emmy Awards was full of #BlackGirlMagic moments that left us overwhelmed with inspiration.

It all started with actress Regina King taking home an award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her role in ABC’s “American Crime.” King has been acting for over 30 years and what also made her moment so special was it presented by Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard.

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Everyone couldn’t help but notice and love the scream of excitement Henson let out after announcing King as the winner.

It should also be noted the category featured other Black nominees such as Mo’Nique for her work in HBO’s Bessie and Angela Bassett for FX’s “American Horror Story: Freak Show.”

Next, was “Orange is the New Black” star, Uzo Aduba, winning Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, her second straight Emmy. Last year, she won for the same character in the guest actress category.

Aduba gave a tear-filled speech saying to her family, “I love you mostly for letting me be me.”

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By far, the highlight of the ceremony was Viola Davis taking home Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her ABC show, “How to Get Away with Murder,’ making her the first Black woman to do so.

In her acceptance speech, she highlighted the work of her fellow Black actresses such as Henson, Kerry Washington, Halle Berry, Nicole Beharie, Meagan Goode and Gabrielle Union.

The most poignant part of Davis’ speech was, “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You can’t win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”

The night wasn’t only about the ladies as Reg E. Cathey took home an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his work in Netflix’s “House of Cards.”

The #BlackGirlMagic didn’t just stop on the Emmys stage. Viewers were treated to the premiere of an Apple Music commercial featuring Mary J. Blige, Henson and Washington which was directed by Ava DuVernay. Watching the ladies laugh and dance to hip-hop made us proud and had us dying to be in the room joining them.

 

Yes, for once, on an award show such as the Emmys, the Black representation was in abundance.

Brittney Fennell

Brittney Fennell

Brittney is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and a writer who has goals to disrupt culture in ways unseen.