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“Atlanta” Creator Donald Glover Makes History at 2017 Emmy’s Along with Others

Autumn Lewis, Staff Writer

Donald Glover, also known by his rapper name Childish Gambino, won an Emmy for directing the FX network comedy “Atlanta,” becoming the first African American to win in the category for Outstanding Director for a Comedy Series.

Glover also took home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, making him the first African American man to win in this category since Robert Guillaume’s 1985 win for his portrayal of Benson DuBois in ABC sitcom “Benson.”

Donald Glover humbly flashes his two Emmy awards that he received Sunday night for his hit comedy show: “Atlanta.” Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

During one of his acceptance speeches, Glover thanked Donald Trump.

“I want to thank Trump for making black people number one on the most-oppressed list,” he said. “He’s probably the reason I’m up here.”

Glover was not the only one that broke ground for people of color at the Emmy’s this past Sunday. Lena Waithe became the first African American woman to win an Emmy for co-writing an episode of the series “Master of None,” along with Aziz Ansari. When accepting her award, Waithe called importance to diversity in the world of entertainment.

“The things that make us different…. those are our superpowers,” said Waithe overcome with emotion.

Waithe also gave a shout-out to the LGBTQIA community with her award.

“Every day 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,” she said referring to them, and herself, also a party of the community.

Diversity continues as Sterling K. Brown won Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role in series “This Is Us.” Brown is the first African American Actor to win in this category in nearly two decades.

Although all these wins made history, they also highlight the stagnant issue of the imbalance of diversity in the television entertainment industry. More inclusion is needed for this issue to truly dissipate. However, the 2017 Emmy Awards showed that there is progression.

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