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Black Women Win Big at the Emmy Awards

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Black women have been making waves in the entertainment industry for decades, but it wasn't until recently that they started receiving recognition for their work. The Television Academy has finally started honoring black women in greater numbers, with Viola Davis winning an Emmy for her role as Annalise Keating in How to Get Away with Murder and veteran actress Sheryl Lee Ralph who won an Emmy for her portrayal as Barbara Howard on Abbott Elementary. Black women are having a moment and we're loving every minute of it!

KeKe Palmer won her first Emmy and made history by becoming the first woman in 15 years to win the award Outstanding Game Show Host for NBC's Password.

Veteran actress Jasmine Guy has also received her first Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Drama Series, thanks to her role as Barbara Baldwin in the Chronicles of Jessica Wu Series.

Storm Reid took home an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role in the critically acclaimed series, The Last of Us.

Ayo Edebiri earned her first Emmy for her portrayal of Sydney Adamu in FX’s breakout hit about a struggling Chicago restaurant, The Bear.

Niecy Nash won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series for her role in Netflix’s The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.

Abbott Elementary creator Quinta Brunson is the first black woman in more than 30 years to win the Emmy for Best Actress in a Comedy series.

Congratulations to ALL the winners and special thanks to the writers who work behind the scenes bringing these characters to life.

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