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Viola Davis Just Became The First Black Woman To Win The Emmy For Best Actress And Her Speech Is Amazing

by Emmy Griffiths Published on 21 September 2015
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Have you watched How To Get Away With Murder yet? You really, REALLY should. Viola Davis plays a top defence lawyer in charge of a group of law students who have committed a terrible crime which slowly unravels throughout the series. As she has victory after victory in court, her personal life slowly unravels and it's no freaking WONDER she won an Emmy award for her incredible efforts, and her acceptance speech was both beautiful and inspirational.

As the first black woman ever to win the Emmy award for Best Actress, Viola's acceptance speech was a powerful one, and we think it's fair to say she brought the house down (in tears). Seriously, just LOOK at Kerry Washington.

Winning her first Emmy nomination, Viola said: "'In my mind I see a line. And over that line I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me over that line. But I can't seem to get there no how. I can't seem to get over that line.' That was Harriet Tubman in the 1800s."

"Let me tell you something. The only thing that separates women of colour from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there...people who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black...thank you for taking us over that line."

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