Black females in Hollywood make history

By Drum Digital
21 September 2015

They may be on the other side of the world but every single black person should be proud of these achievements.

They may be on the other side of the world but every single black person should be proud of these achievements.

Viola Davis who is known for her Academy Award nomination for her role as a maid on the film, The Help, has made history by becoming the first black actresss to win a Primetime Emmy award in the Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role catergory for her role on How to Get Away With Murder.

Davis' speech was compelling as she called out the colour issue in Hollywood, stating: "the only thing that seperates women of colour from anyone else is opportunity. You can't win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there," she said to an applause.

Another woman who has made Hollywood history is Nigerian-born Uzo Aduba who became not only the first black woman to win in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category but her win last year in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series has made her the first woman to ever win in both categories for the same role.

Aduba plays Suzanne "Crazy Eyes"Warren on Orange is the New Black.

It was definitely a night for black women as Regina King also walked away with an award in the Outstanding Actress in a Limited Series/Movie for her role on "American Crime".

The last time someone of colour won this award was in 1994.

This #BlackExcellence deserves to be applauded.

Take a look at the big winners' red carpet looks for the big night:

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