Tonight was a milestone for television actresses. Viola Davis attended Julliard , but has spent year in roles in television shows and movies. She paid her dues , got acclaim for her movie roles , and achieved the biggest coup of her career by landing the role of Analise Keating in “How to Get Away with Murder”. She showed that the gutsy professor can be flawed and even at her age can be sexy.She is an example of the Shondaland school of strong and powerful women. Tonight , she climbed the mountain and took the trophy for all of those who have gone before her and those to come. It is an age of empowerment as she described a speech that was made by Harriet Tubman that reminded her of the road she went down as an actress. Ego was not exercised as she praised her fellow actresses who have made marks of their own. Empire actress Taraje P Henson stood up and cheered when Ms Davis took the stage and accepted the Emmy for Best Leading Actress in a Drama. She was the first black actress to do so.
Davis works for one of the most diverse producers in Hollywood, Shonda Rhimes. Rhimes has basically only made hits that break the norm. “Grey’s Anatomy” was a show that promoted a diverse cast and introduced the viewers to men that were too handsome for words. “Scandal” introduced the public to a strong woman who was an interloper to the halls of power and to some of the hottest love scenes on prime time television. She has proved that older men and women can still be sexy and powerful.
Henson shows that sexy doesn’t mean stick figure. She shows she got ass!
James Pickens Jr and Debbie Allen are wed on “Grey’s Anatomy” . Older black couples are not pushed to the back, but given romantic storylines
Jussie Smollett’s (Jamal) character on “Empire” embraces a long taboo part of black culture , being gay.
Once taboo and even laughable, interracial couples have been embraced by society thanks to Shonda Rhimes and “Scandal” Kerry Washington is a woman who fixes everyone else’s mess, but has trouble with her own, including her love affair with the married President of the United States.
Miranda Bailey is a woman in the man dominated world of surgery on “Grey’s Anatomy” Actress Chandra Wilson is similiar to her in some ways but she shows her power when she directs . Along with Wilson, Debbie Allen and Regina King direct for Shondaland shows. Wilson recently directed for “Scandal”.
The queen sits with her girls as they grace the cover of Entertainment Weekly
“The family that plays together” , its not this one. Fox “Empire’ has broken sales records for ratings and the show’s soundtrack. The cast has been acclaimed for their roles in the drama.
Anthony Anderson was nominated for “Blackish” for best leading male in a comedy. The show lifts black stereotypes and also makes fun of them.
Joe Morton plays the most evil man on television, Rowan Pope. Last year, Morton won an Emmy for his role on the ABC show, “Scandal” Khandi Alexander was nominated this year, but sadly didn’t win