You’d think that with Barack Obama ruling the roost at the White House, there would be no mountains left to scale for African-Americans settled across the Atlantic. You’d be wrong to think so of course, as we were reminded by ‘Empire’ star Taraji P. Henson only a few days ago.
With the Emmy Awards scheduled for September 20, Henson points out that this may well be the first time an African-American woman takes home the trophy for ‘Outstanding Actress in a Drama’ — 66 years after the Emmys came into being.
Henson thinks the honour (if it were to come her way) would be “bittersweet,” but she’s so focused on breaking this barrier, she would be just as pleased if co-nominee Viola Davis (from ‘How to Get Away with Murder’) were to win.
Speaking to ‘Entertainment Weekly’, Henson explained: “Here we are in 2015, and we’re still saying things like, ‘First African-American’, ‘First woman’… I just pray to God... and it’s not even about me. I hope Viola wins. I hope I win. Just so we can get past this and we don’t have to say in 2020 or 2030 or 3000, ‘The first’ — I mean, come on, really?”
It takes a bold move to break a big barrier and conquer a royal challenge — and both actresses certainly have gumption enough to be the ones to do so. When September 20 comes around, we’d be happy to raise our glass to them as well!
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