Emmy Nominations Have Historic Number of Black and Brown Nominees.

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The cast of the FX Drama, Pose.

People of Color earned an historic amount of Emmy Award Nominations yesterday.   The virtual ceremony was hosted by father-daughter duo, Ron Cephas Jones (This is Us) and Jasmine Cephas Jones (Blindspotting).  This year’s nominations includes a record 49 nominees for people of color.

“Television has provided a lifeline for so many around the globe this year, delivering a constant source of entertainment, information and inspiration during some of our most difficult days,” said Scherma. “We are thrilled to honor the diversity of storytelling in television today by recognizing talented artists, programs, producers, directors and craftspeople throughout our industry and celebrating their commitment to this extraordinary medium.”

The breakout but now cancelled hit show, Lovecraft Country which received 18 nominations including acting nominations for Jurnee Smollett and Jonathan Majors.

The groundbreaking hit drama Pose also made history with MJ Rodriguez earning her first acting nomination becoming the first Trans woman nominated in a led acting category for her role as Blanca.  Billy Porter also earned another nomination for his role as Pray Tell on the hit series.  The series ended this year after three season.

Other black nominees include:

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    Lovecraft Country actress, Jurnee Smollett

    Uzo Aduba, Outstanding Lead Actress, In Treatment

  • Rege-Jean Page, Outstanding Lead Actor, Bridgerton
  • Sterling K. Brown, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, This is Us
  • Tracee Ellis Ross, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Black-ish
  • Anthony Anderson, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Black-ish
  • Kenan Thompson, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Keenan
  • Trevor Noah, Outstanding Variety Talk Series, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
  • Ru Paul’s Drag Race, Outstanding Competition Program
  • Leslie Odom Jr., Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Anthology Series or a Movie, Hamilton
  • Michaela Coel, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Anthology Series or a Movie, I May Destroy You
  • Cynthia Erivo, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Anthology Series or a Movie, Genius: Aretha
  • Barry Jenkins, Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series and Outstanding Directing for a Limited or Anthology Series, The Underground Railroad.
  • Raphael Saadiq, Outstanding Music Composition, Lovecraft Country
  • Dave Chappelle, Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special, Outstanding Variety Special and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special, 8:46

King of Comedy, Cedric the Entertainer is set to host the official ceremony on September 19 in Los Angeles with Reginald Hudlin serving as one of the executive producers.    For a complete list of Emmy nominations, visit the Emmys Website here.  The Emmys will be broadcast on CBS and the Paramount + streaming app.


Danielle Sanders is a journalist and writer living in Chicago. Find her on social media @DanieSanders20 or @DanieSandersOfficial.

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