Three black actors took the spotlight at Sunday night’s 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards and made history in the process.
Master of None’s Lena Waithe became the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing, Donald Glover became the first to win for comedy series directing and Sterling K. Brown became the first black actor since 1998 to win the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Randall Pearson on NBC’s This Is Us. Waithe, who’s autobiographical series The Chi was picked up by Showtime, won the award for her writing on Master of None’s “Thanksgiving” episode, in which her character finally comes out to her family.
During Waithe’s acceptance speech, she spoke about LGBTQIA issues and urged viewers to “Go out there and conquer the world. It would not be as beautiful as it is if we weren’t in it.” Decked out in an eggplant colored tuxedo, Glover continued to make history as he took home the award for directing in a comedy series, for his “B.A.N” episode of Atlanta, but he also won for the comedy lead actor award for his role on the series as well.
“I want to thank Trump for making black people number one on the most-oppressed list,” he said.
“He’s probably the reason I’m up here.”