Viola Davis’ Powerful Speech After Historic Emmy Win

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Emmys 2015: Viola Davis strikes diversity chord with black British actors.

This was followed by a tweet hailing Davis, the star of ABC’s ”How to Get Away With Murder” who became the first African-American to win a best actress Emmy, as ”the bees knees.” But Grahn said Davis has never been discriminated against. After Viola Davis made history on Sunday night at the Emmys by becoming the first black woman to win outstanding lead actress in a drama series and gave an empowering speech about the lack of opportunities for women of color, one soap star took to Twitter to criticize, Variety reports. “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is simply opportunity.

You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there,” the “HTGAWM” actress said. “So here’s to all the writers, the awesome people — people who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black.” The soap star’s now-deleted tweet reads, “Im a f—ing actress for 40 yrs. Grahn quickly apologized and then fired off a series of tweets that sought to explain her thinking. “I never expected every black Twitterer to attack … and after being on my knees have no [forgiveness],” she wrote in her series of tweets. She also said that she felt “betrayed” by people she “would’ve marched for.” This was widely criticized as being patronizing, as if her commitment to social justice was predicated on black people being nice to her. I learned a lot tonight and I admit that there are still some things I don’t understand but I am trying to and will let this be a learning experience for me.” Lea DeLaria exclusively told E!

According to Cate Young, author of feminist pop culture blog BattyMamzelle, “white feminism” is feminism that is aware of sexism but fails to “consider race as a factor in the struggle for equality.” But as Young and others have explained it, “white feminism” is not necessarily feminism by white people. Chelsea and I had a conversation about who we really want to sing at our wedding and we both went, ‘Uzo.’ I asked, and she said, of course, she’d be honored.” Former “Riverdance” star Michael Flatley, who helped spark a worldwide Celtic dance craze, will make his long-awaited Broadway stage debut this winter — and then finally hang up his tap shoes. However, following Davis’s win, Campbell said that as an actor from an ethnic minority “you can find that your avenues are depleted, your opportunities to shine and play fantastic leading parts hindered by the colour of your skin”. The dancer and choreographer tells The Associated Press that he will bring his current show “Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games” to the Lyric Theatre and, having crossed the last item off his bucket list, retire as a performer.

She added: “Viola is correct, ethnic minorities cannot excel in this industry until there is more equality, opportunity and diversity in the casting system. The 57-year-old put together a list of professional dreams he wanted to accomplish before retiring, which included returning to Wembley Arena in London, playing the London Palladium and performing on Broadway. When back in the day, I think that casting executives were not putting these actors in the shows because they thought it’s not what the world wanted to see,” Wagmeister said. In March, Deadline.com’s TV editor was hammered by critics after presenting the argument that the trend of more diversity on television in recent years was evidence that “the pendulum might have swung a bit too far.” Quoting from anonymous “industry insiders,” she suggested that “ethnic talent” was pushing out qualified white actors. Grammy-winning soul gospel singer Cissy Houston, mother of the late Whitney Houston, will be honored at the Gospel Image Awards in Charlotte, N.C., the AP reports.

Lack of diversity is an industrywide problem, though we tend to think only of actors and actresses, as they are the most visible part of a television production. Agbaje said: “There’s an assumption that we are just complaining, that people think ‘oh here we go again’, but the key thing that Viola Davies said that really struck home for me was that she talked about opportunity. Only 13.7% of television show staff writers are minorities — and that figure includes men. (In a reply to an email requesting numbers of black female writers, or woman of color writers in general, a WGA representative said that those specific statistics were not available. It’s about the choices that the people at the top make in terms of what ends up on the screen, the stories that people want to tell – it’s as simple as that really. “There are changes happening but I’ve seen an emergence before when there’s this sudden realisation they should put more people of colour on screen but then that phase just passes, so I’m just hoping and praying that this is not a phase and is something that is part of what we consider to be regular TV. “I just hope that now we are in 2015 the people in those rooms, making the decisions about what goes on our screens, can think beyond what’s in the mirror.” It was as if they were being told, yet again, “There is only so much room for people like you here.” It’s a message that has been also spoken literally — one black woman filmmaker was told that the market could only support two “black films,” even if they were completely different genres.

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