Last night, a record number of Black creatives took home hardware at the 72nd Creative Arts and Primetime Emmy Awards. Previously, the record had been set with seven Black winners in 2018. This year, a total of 11 Black winners took home hardware. Most notably, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Regina King, Zendaya and Eddie Murphy took home awards.
“This type of representation is a long time coming. There’s no shortage of talent within the Black community,” Abdul-Mateen II said.
"I dedicate this award to all the Black women in my life. The people who believed in my first." @yahya wins #Emmy for supporting actor in limited series or movie for his role in @Watchmen. https://t.co/Lvq117xzZ6 #Emmys pic.twitter.com/Fo9dRIoV0K
— Good Morning America (@GMA) September 21, 2020
“Sometimes it takes certain circumstances in the world for people to open their eyes and people to open up, to widen their periphery. You know, to widen their point of view to see what’s on the shows that they wouldn’t have normally watched.”
Next year is shaping up to be a great year for Black creatives at the Emmy Awards as well. Shows like Lovecraft Country, P-Valley and Atlanta are sure to be in the conversation. For now, let’s celebrate!