The 69th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards were held at the Microsoft Theater, last night in Los Angeles, CA. The night was epic, especially the buzz behind Donald Glover and Lena Waithe, who not only brought home their first Emmy, but created history.
Donald Glover won his first Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series with the “B.A.N.” episode of Atlanta. This win made Glover the first black director in history to win in the category. Donald Glover was also nominated in two other categories, one which was being Best Lead Actor In A Comedy, which he also won, becoming the second African American actor to win this award since Robert Guillaume in 1985.
Lena Waithe also took home her first Emmy, winning Best Writing For A Comedy Series alongside her co-star and co-writer Aziz Ansari for the series Master of None, the “Thanksgiving” episode. The Emmy win makes Lena Waithe the first African American woman to win an Emmy in this category. Lena Waithe thanked Aziz, her mother, and the entire LGBTQIA community for her win.
I personally knew the night was going to be epic when Issa Rae was asked on the Red Carpet, who she was rooting for. Her response, “I’m rooting for, ummm, every body black”. From that point, any thing else great that happened, was just a bonus for me.