From Viola Davis and Taraji P. Henson’s embrace to the Ava DuVernay-directed Apple Music commercial, last night’s Primetime Emmy Awards were filled with glorious sparks of Black sisterhood.
Get your napkins ready because the feels may overflow.
1. Taraji P. Henson and Viola Davis’ Hug
TV cameras couldn’t have captured a more uplifting moment last night. Taraji and Viola’s powerful embrace seemed to say, “I am here for you, I love you, this is your time to shine!” YES to it all!
2. Viola Davis‘ Acceptance Speech
Every. Single. Word was endearing, supportive and everything that we needed to hear. While accepting her historic victory, Davis celebrated Kerry Washington, Taraji P. Henson, Shonda Rhimes, and so many more—all within the same breath. The actress understands that this is not solely a personal achievement, but a win for every Black woman who helps to push boundaries. Viola, congratulations on your accomplishment. It took 67 years to achieve this and you allowed your speech to speak volumes.
3. Oprah’s Congratulatory Tweet
Oprah took to Twitter to tip her hat to Shonda Rhimes, who made making history possible. A personal nod from Oprah is a celebratory moment indeed.
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) September 21, 2015
4. Meagan Good’s Touching Instagram Post
Black Hollywood is swimming in elation for the monumental moments in TV history. Meagan Good said it best.
This moment ..I couldn’t even speak .. It took my breath away .. What a moment. I grew up in this business .. Nothing has ever been given to me .. With Gods grace, I’ve fought for every opportunity .. Worked hard for everything .. I’ve been rejected or not even considered many times over, simply because of the color of my skin. I made it my mission to never be bitter .. Only better. To take great pride and Joy in my struggle and to trust God above anyone thought to be in charge of my destiny. Today I smile. I smile sooo big with tears in my eyes.. Seeng this #Queen not just succeed, Win.. Overcome .. To see her Conquer .. To see her talent, beauty and fearless determination come full circle .. And in Her moment she had grace, class and the spirit of a warrior returning home.. Wow. Listening to her acknowledge her sisters .. Both black and white .. Their desire to see equal opportunity for each other ..and to see us all win. #ViolaDavis ..Thank you ..thank you for your boldness tonight .. Thank you for your talent and your spirit you are sharing with the world. ..Thank you for acknowledging me.. I’m so humbled ..and for acknowledging all of us. You are a true Queen and a example that the sky isn’t even a limit to even be considered. Congratulations!!!!!! #ViolaDavis #Emmys
5. Uzo Aduba’s Win
This Orange Is the New Black star’s win was just as amazing as her acceptance speech. Congratulations a thousand times over!
6. Regina King for the Win!
TV veteran Regina King won her very first Emmy for her portrayal of a Black Muslim woman, Aliyah Shaheed, on ABC’s American Crime.
7. The Apple Music Commercial Directed By Ava DuVernay
Starring Kerry Washington, Mary J Blige and Taraji P. Henson and directed by none other than the Ava DuVernay, Apple Music premiered their commercial advertising the new Apple Music playlists. The commercial is totally relatable, absolutely fun to watch and was hands-down one of the best highlights of the Emmy Awards night. Lucky for us, this is only the first of three Ava DuVernay directed Apple Music commercials. The other two should premiere within the week. Keep doin’ it DuVernay! Absolutely proud of you!
— Apple Music (@AppleMusic) September 21, 2015