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Seven Times My #BlackGirlSoul Quickened While Reading the 2017 Emmy Noms

The 69th Primetime Emmy nominations were announced this week. While scrolling through the list of nominees, I has a few WTF! moments.  For example Modern Family is nominated for the 1000th time again this year.  Honestly, I don’t know ANYONE who still watches the show. Yet, there it is, taking the spot of several more deserving comedy series.

But I also had several Oh Hell Yeah! moments.  The super talented  Sterling K. Brown is nominated for his role on one of my favorite show, This is Us, which is also nominated.

Emmy nomination

Also, shout out to Ron Cephas Jones for his Best Supporting Actor nomination.

Alas, there is a lot of Black Girl Magic in this years nomination list.  Previous winners Viola Davis,  Cicely Tyson, and Regina King received nominations for their work on How to Get Away with Murder and American Crime respectively.  Additionally, the Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category boasts three female actors of color: Uzo Aduba for Orange is the New Black, Thandie Newton for Westworld, and Samira Wiley for The Handmaid’s Tale.

Below are the seven nominations that made my #BlackGirlSoul jump for joy when I read them:

Tracee Ellis Ross, Best Actress in a Comedy Series

I have loved Tracee from the moment I met Joan Carol Clayton on Girlfriends. She is hilarious and her nomination follows her win at this years Golden Globe Awards. I hope this  is a sign for a win come September.

Leslie Jones, Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Leslie has experienced some serious hate from online troll and outright racists.  I love that she is receiving attention for her immense talent.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Best Television Movie

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This movie tells the story of a black woman whose cells are used to advance medical sciences without the knowledge or consent of her family.  It’s an important story. And did I mention that two of my absolute faves, Renee Goldsberry and Oprah are in the cast? Needless to say, I am THRILLED for this nominations

Lena Waithe, Best Writing for a Comedy Series (w/ Aziz Ansari)#BlackGirlSoul

Hands down, the highlight of this season of Master on None is  the “Thanksgiving” episode. Co-written by Lena Waithe, the episode details Denise’s coming out story. The writing is perfection.  And the casting was pretty epic too.

Which leads me to my next happy #BlackGirlSoul moment…

Angela Bassett, Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

They could not have selected a more perfect person to portray Denise’s mom on Master of None than Angela Bassett.  There really is not need to expound…she’s Ms. Bassett.

Ava DuVurney, Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming (with Spencer Averick)

I adore Ava and The 13th is probably the most important film that I’ve watched this past year.  She deserves every accolade that comes from this important film.

Kira Kelly,  Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming (with Hans Charles)

This last  nomination made my #BlackGirlSoul quicken, my heart flutter, and my smile widen.  Black women are rarely discussed for their behind the scenes contributions to film and television.  I am OVER THE MOON excited that Kira is being recognized.

The 69th Primetime Emmys will air on September 17, 2017.



#Emmys2015 – My Top 5

It’s a wrap on #Emmys2015 and it was a historic night. There were several funny, heartfelt, and memorable moments during the three hour telecast. Here are my top 5:

1. I am NOT a fashionista, but part of the joy of award season is the red carpet and the fashion. Here are a few of my favorite looks from last night. Taraji, Lorraine, Danielle and Teyonah all looked amazing.


2. One of the biggest winners of the night had nothing to do with #Emmys2015. Apple Music debuted a commercial that nearly broke the internet. Directed by Ava DuVernay, the clip features Taraji P. Henson and Kerry Washinging arriving at Mary J. Blige’s house for what seems like the best afternoon EVER!

Apple Music

3. I have loved Regina King literally forever. Back in 2012, the actress chatted with me and my Cinema in Noir co-hosts and it remains one of my favorite moments ever. It’s hard to beleive that Regina hadn’t previously been noominated for an Emmy.  But her win last night was a definite highlight of the night.

regina wins

4. Uzo Aduba slays in comedy, drama, and EVERYTHING in between. Last night she made history by winning an Emmy in the drama category, a year after winning in the comedy category for the same character.  But it was her emotional speech that made the moment memorable for me.

67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Show

5. And last but certainly not least, for the first time in the shows 67 year history, a black woman won for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Viola Davis won the award for her phenomenal work as Annalise Keating on the Shonda Rimes helmed series How to Get Away with Murder. In her rousing speech, Viola quoted Harriet Tubman, called out Hollywood’s diversity problem, and shared her moment with her sisters in entertainment. It was a truly magical moment.


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What moments from #Emmys2015 make your top 5 list?

This and That

Jada Calls the Shots!

Reel sista Jada Pinkett Smith is stepping behind the camera and will write and direct ‘The Human Contract.’ The film will be produced by Jada’s hubby Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment.

Production on the film is set to begin in November 12.

Emmy Pics!

Reel sistas represented at the Emmys Sunday night. Here are some pics from the red carpet.

The Queen reigns supreme! Regal and Royal in Red!

Rashida Jones rocked the navy!

Behind-the-Scenes Reel Sista Shonda Rimes. Remember before Grey’s Anatomy, she penned the screenplay for ‘Crossroads’

Wanda Sykes was there. She opted for the pants suit…but worked the red carpet all the same.

And one of my faves, Vanessa Williams looked stunning in the mint green.

These reel sistas all looked FABULOUS!!!

Unitl next time, keep shining!