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4 Moments that Made History At the 69th Annual Emmys

posted: 09/18/17
by: TLCme

When it comes to diversity, inclusion and representation in television, the industry has a long way to go, but the strides taken over the last couple of years are noticeable; the 2017 Emmys showcased that like no other. Women walked away as winners across the boards from directing to acting in limited series. It's important for diverse stories to be told, for women to get noticed for the work they do, for people of color to see themselves when they turn on the television. Sure, you may think of the Emmys as a frivolous night for the rich and famous, but the ability to tell stories and have people on the other side of the screen evoke emotion is part of what makes the human experience a little less lonely.

Here are 4 moments that stood out in a room full of stars.

Reed Morano, director of The Handmaid's Tale became the first woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Director in a Drama Series in 22 years. This was the first pilot Morano directed, but we're just it will not be her last.

As pictured below, Morano shows us she has no problem balancing being a woman and directing.

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Donald Glover became the first African American to win the Emmy for Outstanding Director of a Comedy Series for his work on Atlanta.
Sterling K. Brown became the first African American to win the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a drama series in 18 years for his portryal of Randall Pearson in NBC's This Is Us.

Note: Twitter erupted in fire when Brown's speech was cut short, pointing out Nicole Kidman seemed to get an extensive amount of time, according to Self.

Lena Waithe became the first African American woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing for her work in Master of None. She had a shout out to the LGBTQIA family as she went on to say "I see each and every one of you. The things that make us different, those are our superpowers. Every day when you walk out the door and put on your imaginary cape and go out there and conquer the world ... because the world would not be as beautiful as it is if we weren't in it." According to InStyle.