It’s a beautiful day as several of our favs have snagged Primetime Emmy nominations! We’re particularly excited about the Guest Actress in a Drama Series category. Here’s the full list of the black actors and actresses nominated this year:
Kerry Washington - Lead Actress in a Drama Series, “Scandal”
Idris Elba - Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, “Luther”
Chiwetel Ejiofor - Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, “Dancing on the Edge”
Don Cheadle - Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, “House of Lies”
Cicely Tyson - Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie, “The Trip to Bountiful”
Angela Bassett - Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Andre Braugher - Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
Reg E. Cathey - Guest Actor in a Drama Series, “House of Cards”
Joe Morton - Guest Actor in a Drama Series, “Scandal”
Uzo Aduba - Guest Actress in a Drama Series, “Orange is the New Black”
Laverne Cox - Guest Actress in a Drama Series, “Orange is the New Black”
"Luther" is also nominated for writing, as is "Key & Peele." "Wynton Marsalis: A Young Arts Masterclass" is nominated for Outstanding Children’s Program and "Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley" picked up a nomination in the Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special category.
Is it too early to start #BlackEmmys?
“Strolling" is a series created by cecileemeke where she literally strolls around with people as they talk about the various issues affecting them. It’s brilliant.
Several videos have been released, featuring Black women just doing their thing, being effortlessly fly as we’re wont to do, but this one stood out for me because Vanessa is totally someone I would drink bottomless mimosas with and not give a damn about people giving us rude looks because we’re passionately discussing free tampons. I’m so with her on this - TAMPONS SHOULD BE FREE Y’ALL.
This episode also goes a bit deeper as Vanessa discusses rape culture and her life as an actress struggling with typecasting, stereotypes, and colorism. Sort of refreshing (but still very depressing) to hear Black folks from different parts of the world noting how important representation is. Validating, even. We’re all connected.
Lupita Nyong’o talks about the intimacy of hair braiding and the wonderful characteristics of black hair.
Hair braiding is such an essential part of black women’s hair routines. Not only can we braid it in multiple ways that show the dynamism of our hair, but braiding is a great way to protect our hair - whether under a weave or attached to hair pieces. It can also be an intimate process that creates a bond between the hair braider and the the person having their hair braided.