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Viola Davis made history on Sunday night as the first African-American woman to receive an Emmy Award for Best Leading Actress in a Drama series.

Davis, who hugged Best Leading Actress nominee Taraji P. Henson on the way to the stage, stood with such grace and dignity as she accepted the award for her role as Annalise Keating on ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder. “In my mind, there’s a line and over that line I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful White women with their arms stretched out to me over that line, but I can’t seem to get there no how. I can’t seem to get over that line. That was Harriet Tubman in the 1800s.”

Davis continued, “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You can not receive an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”

The star, who has always been outspoken about her struggle as an African-American actress in the entertainment industry, went on to thank her writers and HTGAWM creator, Shonda Rhimes, for helping to redefine “what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be Black.”

The 50-year-old added, “And to the Taraji P. Henson’s, the Kerry Washington’s, the Halle Berry’s, the Nicole Beharie’s, the Meagan Good’s, to Gabrielle Union, thank you for taking us over that line.”

Following the beauty’s acceptance speech, the entire room flooded with applause and a standing ovation. This is the first Emmy win and nomination for the actress.

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Meghan Markle Is Headed Back To The Small Screen…Kinda

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Meghan Markle may have left USA’s Suits after seven seasons, but the actress’ likeness will be making it’s way back to a TV very soon. Lifetime has announced that it’s planning a film based on Markle and her soon to be husband, Prince Harry’s whirlwind romance.

The cable network, known for it’s biopics, made the announcement on Sunday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.

“And before the wedding of the year takes place between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Lifetime will debut a movie revealing how the stars aligned for this royal romance,” said Lifetime’s head of programming Liz Gateley.

Harry & Meghan: The Royal Love Story  (working title) will trace Prince Harry and Markle’s relationship from the day they met to the overwhelming media attention surrounding their eventual engagement, which was announced in November. It will also touch on their courtship after they were set up by mutual friends and depict Markle’s life as a divorced American actress.

Menhaj Huda, who helmed an episode of E!’s fictional Royal Family series The Royals is on hand to direct. Casting is currently underway.

No official date has been announced, but given Lifetime’s track record, fans should expect the movie to release a few days before the couples May 19 wedding. Back in 2011, Lifetime aired William & Kate: The Movie just days before the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge married on April 29.

 

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