Inclusion of Black Actors Within the 2021 Emmy Nominations

The nominations for the 2021 Emmy Awards were announced on Tuesday, and it showed that this year’s award ceremony will certainly be one where Black actors and creators will shine.

Throughout the pandemic, many people’s source of comfort was television and the many series that were available. At this time, many Black creators and actors dominated the screen, so it is no surprise to see that reflected in the nominations. 

Seeing so many Black actors receive nominations has many fans excited and happy to see representation and inclusion within this year’s awards. 

Many actors, such as D. L. Hughley, expressed their excitement through Instagram. The actor shared an image of all the Black actors nominated and said in his caption, “SEEING ALL THESE BLACK FACES MADE MY DAY ALREADY.”

MJ Rodriguez makes history by not only being a woman of color who is nominated but by being the first trans woman to be nominated for an award in a lead acting category. The actress is earned her nomination for her role of Blanca in the show “Pose.”

The show “Lovecraft Country” received a whopping 18 nominations. The nominations came as a surprise since HBO declined to renew the show for a second season.

Other predominantly Black shows nominated for awards include “I May Destroy You” and “Black-ish.”

In total, there were 38 Black actors who received nominations for this year’s Emmy Awards.

That list of actors includes Regé-Jean Page, Jonathan Majors, Sterling K. Brown, Kenan Thompson, Anthony Anderson, and Tracee Ellis Ross.

Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees!

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