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Tracee Ellis Ross, ‘Moonlight’ Shined at the Golden Globes!

Black creativity and excellence shined at the 74th annual Golden Globes!

by LaToya Cross, January 9, 2017

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The cast of Moonlight

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The night was magic.

From red carpet slayers to nominees and winners, the 74th Golden Globe Awards beautifully celebrated the art of storytelling through the vehicles of film and television Sunday night and boy, did #BlackExcellence shine through.

The ceremony, emceed by the “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon opened with a musical number featuring an array of the night’s honorees but highlighted snapshots of actors Courtney B. Vance and Sterling K. Brown.

These brothers had a wonderful year on the small screen with Vance taking home another award for his portrayal as Johnnie Cochran in The People vs. O.J. Simpson, meanwhile Brown has been on a streak with his latest role in the heartwarming NBC series, This is Us (which returns Tuesday).

While Questlove of The Roots took over DJ’ing duties, Blackness started to manifest itself at the awards beginning with accolades for one of the most well-liked TV shows among African-Americans.

We’ve always cherished the talent, charisma and personality Tracee Ellis Ross exuded and now an even broader audience is hip to her skill and pure dopeness. The “black-ish” star picked up the Golden Globe for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy.”

Tracee’s win marked the first Black actress to win in a comedy series since 1983.

Viola Davis picked up a win for the film adaptation of Fences for “Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture” and delivered a remarkable acceptance speech.

We celebrated and applauded with everything in us when Donald Glover’s creation of “Atlanta” snagged one of the first awards to lead in the evening. And in very Donald fashion made sure to thank “all the Black people in Atlanta.”

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy, “Atlanta”. Photo by @mertalas and @macpiggott.

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And to end the night, Moonlight took the big “W” for the best Motion Picture, Drama.

There was a time where we’d turn on the television and felt no connection to what was being show on the screen. The character portrayals did little to reflect our experience and give notice to the Black community.

And then 2016 happened, and images of our melanated skin have been populating television and film in front of and behind the scenes. Black people are directing, producing, acting and most importantly creating opportunities to showcase inclusion while showing the human experience from a colored and colorful lens.

It’s a beautiful thing and such a time of celebration.

With talent, time, persistence, and fighting to get voices heard and stories told, each and every Black creative that sat in that room or contributed in some way to the stories being recognized at such a prominent ceremony, is proof that we can NEVER give up.

“I grew up in a house where magic wasn’t allowed and so everyone in here is magical to me. ” – Childish Gambino

 
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