Judge Mablean Ephriam and her daughter, Tajamika “Taj” Paxton, exemplify “Black Girl Magic” on the small screen, both having just been nominated for Daytime Emmy Awards. The pair are believed to be the first African-American mother/ daughter duo to do so, according to The Grio.
After 19 years on television, Judge Ephriam landed her first Emmy nod this year for Best Legal/Courtroom Program for show, Justice with Judge Mablean. If she takes home the gold, she’ll be the first Black person to do so in that category.
Daughter Paxton is nominated in the Best Special Class Special category for the Logo TV Network’s Kevyn Aucoin: Beauty & The Beast in Me. The television exec is Vice President of Documentaries at the network. This is her third nomination, previously being recognized for documentaries Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine and Out of Iraq.
During an interview with The Grio, Judge Mablean couldn’t contain her excitement over sharing the experience with her baby girl.
“At that point, I hollered, literally. My nomination then had more meaning,” she said of hearing her daughter was nominated as well. “I am following in my daughter’s footsteps. I will be sharing the red carpet with my daughter, my flesh, my creation. This is absolutely amazing! The excitement was so magnified, I cried after the scream.”
Paxton also expressed her gratitude for the moment.
“To have our work acknowledged in the same season is an honor. Even if we’re not the first mother/daughter team, we for sure have to be the most delighted,” she said. “My mother has been the benchmark for excellence my entire life. She’s my champion. She encourages my dreams and her support makes them feel possible. She always says I challenge her and it gets on her nerves. Secretly, I think she likes that I can match her, grit for grit.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.