How to get away with history

By KiEricka Hart

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It was a night of firsts for the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 20. After seven previous nominations, Jon Hamm won his first Emmy for the role of Don Draper on “Mad Men.” But it was Viola Davis who made entertainment history as the first black actress to win an Emmy Award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series.

Davis beat out some of the industry’s biggest leading actresses like Claire Danes for “Homeland,” Elizabeth Moss for “Mad Men” and Taraji P.Henson for “Empire.” Davis won for her role as Professor Annalise Keating in the ABC hit drama “How to get away with murder.

Davis received a standing ovation and delivered an acceptance speech that will no doubt make history, separating Davis as both an incredibly talented actress and a role model for women of color everywhere.

“The only thing that separates women of color from anything else is opportunity,” Davis said. After the show, the actress commented on her history-making quote by saying she wanted everyone to know that “My story doesn’t end here.”

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