Viola Davis Makes History At Emmy Awards 2015

Posted: Sep 21 2015, 8:52am CDT | by , Updated: Sep 21 2015, 9:44pm CDT, in News | Latest Celebrity News

Viola Davis Makes History at Emmy Awards 2015
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  • Viola Davis given a rising ovation at the Emmy Awards

Viola Davis won in the category for Lead Drama Actress at the Emmy Awards. She was given a rising ovation by the audience for her memorable speech.

Viola Davis became the first African American female to win an Emmy Award for her role in the TV drama “How to Get Away with Murder”. She graced the stage at the Microsoft Theater every bit looking like a proud and passionate woman of substance.

The rest as they say is history. The speech that Viola delivered simply brought tears of joy to the eyes of so many among the crowd gathered at the event.

Viola said that in her imagination was a picture of a line and beyond that line there were green fields and beautiful flowers. She spoke of how there were lovely white women beckoning her to join her and she was trying her best to catch up with them.

She almost broke into sobs as she explained that no matter how hard she tried she was unable to match those lucky women. She mentioned Harriet Tubman, whose picture is about to be printed on one of the banknotes of the United States of America.

She will be the first female to grace legal tender in the US of A. Viola expatiated on the fact that the only missing ingredient in the triumph of African Americans was opportunity. She said that you could not win for a role that wasn’t there.

By the time the speech ended, Viola had moved and stunned everyone into silence and then the thunderous and deafening clapping followed. She had been vindicated. It was only in 2015 that the roles for Black American females began to be integrated into the mainstream. Viola plays a brutal law professor in the drama for which she got an Emmy.

Two other African American women won Emmys besides Viola. Uzo Aduba was one of them. Her portrayal of Crazy Eyes in Orange is the New Black was simply impeccable. Regina King was lauded for her role in American Crime.

This trio of African American princesses proved that the American Dream is extant and that provided you worked hard enough, anything was possible. Viola also made mention of some African Queens who had helped raise consciousness for all of Black America. These included in their ranks: Halle Berry, Kerry Washington and Gabrielle Union. They had definitely helped in taking Viola beyond that dividing line.

See the complete list of 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards winners.

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