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Viola Davis Explains “We Don’t Know How To Discuss Race”

By: Emily Zemler & Leah Chernikoff for  | 

On Sunday night, Viola Davis made history when she became the first black woman to take home an Emmy award for lead actress in a drama. Her acceptance speech was one for the books, too. “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else, is opportunity,” she said. “You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”

Last night’s Emmys saw three major wins for black women (Uzo Aduba won for outstanding supporting actress in a drama and Regina King won for outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie). Hollywood’s diversity problem is totally solved, right? “Racism is over! Don’t fact-check that!” host Andy Samberg quipped in his opening monologue.


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