On September 25, 2015 she became the first African American to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in Emmy’s 67-year history. Rejecting the deer-in-headlight, cry gushfest, Violaspeech was a transformative work of auditory art: In my mind, I see a line. And over that line, I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me, over that line. But I can’t seem to get there no how. I can’t seem to get over that line. That was Harriet Tubman in the 1800s. 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’s 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, the Kerry Washingtons, the Halle Berrys, the Nicole Beharies, the Meagan Goods, to Gabrielle Union: Thank you for taking us over that line. J Some of your favorite celebs, like Janelle Monae, John Legend, Jessie Williams and others, are using their celebrity, their voices and their cash to fight injustice. Here’s what they did in 2015.
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