History was made last night when Viola Davis won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her lead role as Annalise Keating on How to Get Away with Murder.
This is historic because in the 67-year history of the Emmy Awards, Davis is the first African-American woman to ever win the lead actress award. When I heard that statistic I was shocked that it took until the year 2015.
Her acceptance speech was one for the ages. She talked about the lack of roles for African American women in Hollywood; "The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity," Ms. Davis related. She continued, "You cannot win an Emmy for roles that simply are not there."
Of course... she's right. I don't know how the Hollywood establishment gets away with it. In the business world that we operate in, we are tightly controlled by laws regarding discrimination, and we are okay with that because everyone deserves a chance to succeed.
Hollywood likes to believe they are on the cutting edge of all things creative and champions of diversity, but this shows that Hollywood is actually far behind the times when it comes to equal opportunity.
It's time for Hollywood to step up! Making sure we give the same opportunity to everyone who wants to work hard, and use their talent to make a living makes this A Better Region 8.
- Chris Conroy, KAIT VP & General Manager
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