The 74th Golden Globes was a successful awards show in the sense that it was home to a handful of memorable moments that will likely be talked about for years. Lauded productions received their nod going into Oscar season next month, surprise contenders won big and history was even made. Black Hollywood, in particular, had a night full of wins.
Viola Davis has become one of the most recognizable actors in the industry as of late. Roles in “How To Get Away With Murder,” Fences and Suicide Squad have proven to make 2016 a highly prosperous year for her and she’ll still be reaping the benefits of it going into 2017.
It was announced this past Monday that Davis will be receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – the first of the year.
So far, 2016 has been a wonderful year for Black woman seizing their own opportunities. Early this spring, Kelly Rowland announced that she plans on starting a makeup line for dark-skinned women. Shea Moisture is taking a stand against the racism in the beauty industry. Recently, it was announced that Kerry Washington and Viola Davis are launching independent production companies. Take a moment to embrace all this Black girl magic.
Hillary Clinton has had her fair share of issues on the campaign trail. Many of which have been her repeated issues with Black voters who have approached her about her stances on key issues facing them. Even amidst all that, Kerry Washington, Viola Davis, and Shonda Rhimes (and Shondland veteran Ellen Pompeo) say they are standing with Hillary Clinton in this presidential campaign.
So, tonight’s the night of the NAACP Image Awards.
I don’t know about you, but it’ll be refreshing to see a host of black people in one place that isn’t about protesting…oh wait, yes, it will be. We’re protesting the lack of diversity and Hollywood racism tonight, so it’s time to get it on and popping tonight.
This year, the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild awards offered a chance for Black actors and actresses to showcased and honored for their tremendous work in the past year. Similarly, this award show offered diversity on stage, the red carpet, and more.
This article was originally posted on Water Cooler Convos.
It’s always funny to me how racists come out of the woodwork whenever they think they have the least bit of coverage or validity in their bigoted views. And when numerous actors of color were awarded at this past weekend’s SAG Awards, they saw it as their opportunity to strike back at #OscarsSoWhite. If they had the ability to logically form an argument, they would have seen that the wins at the award ceremony only elucidated the Oscars’ race problem.
Many thought the lack of diversity in the 87th Academy Awards in 2015 and the #OscarsSoWhite social media campaign that followed would be a sufficient wake up call. The last thing that anyone expected was that the 88th Academy Awards would take a major step in the wrong direction when it was already so far behind.
Taraji P Henson and Viola Davis were featured on the covers of Elle’s Women of TV January issue. Having Davis, Henson, along with Priyanka Chopra, another woman of color, is a step forward in representing diversity in magazines and television shows. However, this fight for equality in representation is nowhere near being finished.
Viola Davis made poignant points about black women and beauty ideals while accepting the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series award.