by Andre Jackson on September 21st, 2015

Last night, I rushed home from my Sunday evening Lion King performance just in time to catch Viola Davis delivering an Emmy acceptance speech that had me shouting at my television screen. I was NOT prepared. I fully tuned in expecting to see the same 'ol White actors passing golden statues to a long line of almost all other White actors. It's what most minority actors have frustratingly come to expect. Strangely, I've found, it's something that many of my White counterparts don't even notice! That, I believe, is the true sign of the uniformity of the practice. Only those of us who are excluded even notice the lack of inclusion. Even if last night's Emmys don't inspire a single writer, director, producer, casting director or studio to consider the enormous wealth of talent and bankable power of minority actors, my spirit was strengthened with the sense of unity I share with those of us who are battling daily to contend in a system that passively ignores our existence.

Posted in My BIZness    Tagged with tv, Viola Davis, Emmys, Fox, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, minority, Uzo Aduba, Regina King, Reg E. Cathey


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