EMMY AWARDS: VIOLA DAVIS BECOMES FIRST BLACK WOMAN TO CLINCH LEAD ACTRESS IN DRAMA SERIES

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BY SEUNMANUEL FALEYE

Black actress Viola Davis made history yesterday on the stage of Emmy Awards, when she crossed the age-long line for the first time in the television history, a black woman was named the winner of Outstanding Lead Actress in Drama Series.

The actress clinched the the prize for breathing life to her Annalise Keating character in How To Get Away With Murder.

Receiving the award, Viola gave a warm and moving speech to the listening pleasure of the viewers and audience quoting Harriet Tubman.

“In my mind, I see a line,” Davis said in her acceptance speech. “And over that line I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me to get over that line but I can’t seem to get there no how. I can’t seem to get over that line,” she said. “That was Harriet Tubman in the 1800s. The only thing that separates women of colour from everyone 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. People who have redefined what it means to be beautiful to be S*XY to be a leading woman – to be black. To the Taraji P. Hensons and the Kerry Washingtons, thank you for taking us over that line. Thank you to the television academy.”

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