Twitter Is Excited About Viola Davis' Historic Emmys Win – Here's Why
Viola Davis just made history – and Twitter is lit.
The actress, who won an Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for her portrayal of Annalise Keating in How to Get Away with Murder, is the first African-American woman to ever win the award.
Not only was her win historic, her speech was one of the best of the night – raw, gracious and wildly insightful about the struggles facing black actresses.
“The only thing that separates women of color from everyone else is opportunity,” Davis said in her speech. “You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”
Davis went on to thank other actresses of color, including Taraji P. Henson, Kerry Washington, Halle Berry, Gabrielle Union and Meagan Good for helping her pave the way and fight for such roles. She also gave gratitude to television writers, and “people that have redefined what it means to be a beautiful, sexy, a leading women … to be black.”
Here’s how Twitter is celebrating Davis’s historic win: //storify.com/peoplemag/twitter-reacts-to-viola-davis-historic-emmy-win.js?header=none&border=false