Article written by Meah Denee Barrington
The 2017 Emmy’s included a lot more wins than we thought, some of this year’s big wins included Donald Glover, Sterling Brown, and Lena Waithe but the heavy hitter was Ava Durvernay. The Netflix’s original documentary, 13th, directed by Duvernay brung in four Emmys! I know some of you are confused on how you missed this news but no worries you can catch up here.
Were you aware that there are two nights of glitz and glam at the Emmys? The first night, the Creative Arts Emmy, honors the best in animation, variety, reality and documentary programming followed by the Primetime Emmy Awards. Unfortunately, one of the Emmy’s biggest winners became a hidden figure, but thankfully Duvernay’s work and influence is win enough for us to survive. The documentary, 13th, garnered four wins including Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special, Writing for Nonfiction Programs, Outstanding Motion Design and Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for “The Letter to the Free” by Common, Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins. Common is the first rapper to have won an Emmy, a Grammy and an Oscar. Imagine if he wins a Tony no that would be spectacular. Common would be the 13th person in history to achieve that phenomenal accomplishment of winning the EGOT.
Alongside Duvernay, winning big was W. Kamau Bell and Ru Paul Charles. The second season of Bell’s show, United Shades of America pulled in an Emmy for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program. The show airs Sundays at 10pm on CNN and follows the comedian and political disrupter as he explores cities across America to understand their challenges.
Ru Paul Charles’, was another hidden winner with, RuPaul’s Drag Race, having big night winning three Emmy’s for Outstanding Host for a Reality/Reality-Competition Program and Outstanding Costumes For Variety, Nonfiction Or Reality Programming, and Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured or Competition Reality Program. It even seems that Ru Paul manifested these wins with the Emmy statue skit he did with Stephen Colbert. Check it out below! For more black film news follow us on Instagram and Facebook!