Sunday, September 20, 2015 the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards broke new grounds as history was made. Viola Davis became the first African American woman to be named outstanding actress in a drama for her role in ABC’s hit series “How to Get Away with Murder.” for her character Annalise Keating. Davis quoted abolitionist and escaped slave Harriet Tubman saying “In my dreams and visions, I seemed to see a line, and on the other side of that line were green fields, and lovely flowers, and beautiful white ladies, who stretched out their arms to me over the line, but I couldn’t reach them no-how,” and then went on to say “Let me tell you something — the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.” The new season will return Thursday, September 24, 2015.
Regina King, who plays Aliyah Shadeed on American Crime, was recognized for supporting actress in a limited series/ movie, while Uzo Aduba, Crazy Eyes from Orange is the New Black, won for supporting actress in a drama respectively. Aduba’s win is the first time an actress won an Emmy in the drama and the comedy categories for playing the same character. Orange is the New Black was redefined from a comedy to a drama this year.
Tracy Morgan brought everyone to his or her feet with a surprise appearance, making this his first television appearance since his accident. Back in June of 2014 Morgan suffered a traumatic brain injury after a Walmart truck driver rear-ended Morgan’s limo van. While Morgan suffered injuries, his long time comedian friend Jimmy Mack life was taken. Walmart settled with Morgan for an unspecified amount. Morgan was happy to be back on stage and is set to host Saturday Night Live on October 17, 2015.