This year’s Emmy Awards is a historic one for Black Television.
For years, entertainment award ceremonies like the Emmys have been called out for controversy over the lack of not just black actors/actresses winning awards, but the lack of the black community even being recognized with nominations. However, this year the Emmys have taken a step in the right direction.
According to Variety, this year has 34.3% of the nominees being black, which is a record for the television academy awards. 35 of the acting nominees are black. Notable names include Zendaya, Issa Rae, Regina King, Maya Rudolph (who has two nominations), and many other talented black entertainers.
While this is still a white-dominated award ceremony, the number of black nominees is definitely improving year by year. This year almost doubled last year’s percentage of 19.8 percent of the total nominees. It’s a sign from the academy that they hear the outrage from the community for the lack of diversity in its nominees and is a step in the right direction.
Nominees Thank Their Fans and Supporters
Many of the nominees took to social media to thank supporters and fans, such as Zendaya and Kerry Washington.
— Billy Porter (@theebillyporter) July 28, 2020
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) July 28, 2020
I’m honestly speechless, my heart is just overflowing with love and gratitude. I’m so incredibly honored to work beside the talented people that I get to call family. I am a small piece of a big beautiful puzzle and I’m so proud of all of you. Thank you to everyone out there— pic.twitter.com/sRfjmOIVJl
— Zendaya (@Zendaya) July 28, 2020
To see one of your favorite black entertainers possibly leave with an award, tune in to the 72nd Emmy awards on September 20th, 2020. Who do you have taking home awards?