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Last night was a historical moment for black actresses Regina King, Uzo Aduba and Viola Davis as they all won Emmys for the 2015 Emmys. Viola Davis made history as the first black woman to win an Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama. She gave a very powerful and heartfelt speech after winning the prestigious award that sent social media abuzz. Memes were quickly made, quoting her speech, in which she said, “The only thing that separates women of color from everyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”  Many applauded the actress for fearlessly stating something that has been a continued problem in the entertainment industry.

Uzo is known for her role as ‘Crazy Eyes’ in the Netflix series Orange is the New Black and for this role, she won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama. What is so special about her winning this award is that she actually won an Emmy last year for the same role but for the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series category. 

Veteran actress Regina King won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her role as Aliyah Shadeed in the ABC drama American Crime. It was an emotional moment as she accepted her first Emmy from her close pal Taraji P. Henson, who presented the award to her.  

 

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