On Sunday, September 22, thousands of people will gather at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles as the 2019 Emmy Awards take place. Yesterday, the nominees were announced and there was no shortage of Black Excellence this year. To ignore the contributions Black people have made to television throughout its history and more specifically, 2018-2019, would be down right disrespectful. This year, the Television Academy got it right for the most part and Blacks have a great number of nominations. We would love to see those transform into awards.
Receiving his first Emmy nomination is Jharrel Jerome, who played both young and adult Korey Wise in When They See Us. He received a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie. Also in this category is Mahershala Ali, for playing Wayne Hays in True Detective on HBO. Asante Blackk, the Maryland teen who portrayed Kevin Richardson in When They See Us is the youngest person to receive a nomination this year (17) and the 9th youngest actor of all time that's ever been nominated.
The Black women in When They See Us also received nominations, as Aunjanue Ellis and Niecy Nash, both receiving noms in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie category. The series received a total of 16 Emmy nominations. When They See Us is also is up as a whole in the category of Outstanding Limited Series. FX's drama, Pose is nominated for Outstanding Drama series. With this nomination of Pose, Janet Mock is the first black trans woman and Steven Canals is the first Afro-Latinx producers to be nominated in this category in Emmy history. Also standing out, is Beyonce's Netflix special, Homecoming, which received 6 nominations.
Below is a list of other Black names receiving noms that are not listed above (this list is not exhaustive):
Viola Davis, Nicole Byer, Sterling K. Brown, Billy Porter, Don Cheadle, Anthony Anderson, Wanda Sykes, Michael K. Williams, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Giancarlo Esposito, Glynn Turman, Ron Cephas Jones, Cicely Tyson, Laverne Cox, Phylicia Rashad, Ava DuVernay, Theraesa Rivers, RuPaul, Dream Hampton, Tamra Simmons, Trevor Noah.
Tune in on September 22nd, to see our people compete for the hardware. While some of them are going head to head in the same categories, we would love to see the Black people take home the trophy.