Last night’s Emmy Awards will go down in history for all the right reasons. Donald Glover became the first black person ever to win an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, while Riz Ahmed was the first person of Asian descent to win an award for acting.
In fact, it’s said that last night’s event had the most diverse nominees mix of nominees ever. But the one speech you really need to see comes from Lena Waithe, co-writer of Netflix’s Master of None, who became the first African-American woman to swipe the gong for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series.
Not only does she highlight the importance of diversity and representation in the creative industries, but also shouts out to her LGBTQIA family with an inspiring and, quite frankly, tearjerking message. Oh, and did we mention she absolutely slays in her black and gold tuxedo?
The wins for diversity continued throughout the ceremony, with Sterling K. Brown also picking up an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama, making him the first black person to win the award in 19 years.
It’s brilliant to see people of colour finally getting the recognition they deserve for their talent and abilities on a very public stage, which will help work magic for representation in all aspects of the media — a sentiment the UK’s Reggie Yates summed up perfectly in one tweet:
So inspired by this year’s Emmy winners. So many black & brown faces being who they are & finally being awarded for it. BE YOU. It pays off.
— REGYATES (@REGYATES) September 18, 2017
We could not agree more.