After hundreds of conversations regarding the importance of representation, the 2017 Emmy Awards felt like a step in the right direction. This year’s Emmy celebration was a star studded affair of diversity and inclusion. Huge names like Donald Glover, Sterling K. Brown, and Lena Waithe made history in their categories. Couple that with bold political statements and it feels like this nation may have a place for us after all.
“And for everybody out there that showed so much love for this episode, thank you for embracing a little Indian boy from South Carolina and a little queer black girl from the South Side of Chicago.”
-Lena Waithe, Winner – Best Comedy Writing
Detractors have long made the argument that people of color were not included in nominations because of a lack of talent. Well, turns out when we are included, we make a huge impact, upsetting even some of the toughest competition. According to WIRED.com, 90% of showrunners are White with 80% being male, yet, the future looks progressive for Black writers and actors.
“I’m glad I was able to make history,” Glover told reporters Sunday night, “but that’s not what I was trying to do—I’m trying to make the best product. I believe people deserve quality, and when they taste it, they see their own value and they don’t ask for less.”
-Donald Glover takes home the Emmy for Best Comedy Director
Speeches echoed sentiments of inclusion as each, Glover, Waithe, and Sterling took the stage garnering some of the biggest awards of the night. It was Sterling K. Brown, though, who stole the show. With a heartfelt speech that sounded a lot like an actor’s version of “We Are the World”, Sterling K. Brown gave us hope for healing.
Even after his microphone was turned off, his star still shone as he completed his speech backstage with poise.
With huge nominations in categories across the board, let’s see what happens next Emmy season and may the best product win.