It’s no understatement to say that we’ve had a vintage year for “Black TV”!

We’ve been entertained by some of the most highly rated and popular shows on the small screen, led by our favourite actors/actresses, directors and production crews, many of which have crossed over to mainstream success. However, while fans have been captivated by these breakout successes, the 69th Emmy Awards 2017 nominations, announced on 13 July 2017, while giving a nod to familiar favourites, Blackish and Atlanta, failed to acknowledge others, Insecure, Power, to name a few!

Did your favourite show make it in this year’s Emmy Awards nominations?

Did your favourite show make it in this year’s Emmy Awards nominations?
Shemar Moore announced the nominations.

Yes, it’s wonderful to see the likes of Tracy Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson back on the nominee’s list for the popular ABC comedy, black-ish, and our girl Viola Davis, who has already made history as the first black woman to win the Triple Crown of Acting, attaining an Oscar, Emmy and Tony for acting, is nominated for her third Emmy, for How To Get Away With Murder. But how could they overlook Issa Rae and the whole cast of Insecure? Season 2 is back on our screens later this month, and we cannot wait!

Other series like Power, which had their fans stan-ing for the lead character, Ghost (Free Ghost!), was also overlooked in all categories. But they were in good company. There was no love for Cookie and the entire Empire cast either, joining the likes of The New Edition Story, and Kerry Washington and Scandal.

We acknowledge that things appear to be moving in the right direction since the #OscarsSoWhite controversy of a couple of years back, but there is still a long way to go with regard to real inclusion and representation of people of colour in the awards industry.

 

See a list of some of our favourite nominees below:

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Riz Ahmed as Nasir “Naz” Khan The Night Of

 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Donald Glover as Earn Marks Atlanta
Anthony Anderson as Andre Johnson black-ish
Aziz Ansari as Dev Master Of None

 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Sterling K. Brown as Randall Pearson This Is Us

 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson black-ish

 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Viola Davis as Annalise Keating How To Get Away With Murder

 

Outstanding Comedy Series

Atlanta
black-ish
Master of None

 

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

Atlanta – (nominated twice)
Master of None

 

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series

Atlanta – Donald Glover

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Tituss Burgess as Titus Andromedon Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Ron Cephas Jones as William Hill This Is Us
Jeffrey Wright as Bernard Lowe Westworld

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Leslie Jones as Various Characters Saturday Night Live

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Uzo Aduba as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren Orange Is The New Black
Samira Wiley as Moira The Handmaid’s Tale
Thandie Newton as Maeve Westworld

 

Outstanding Directing for a Nonfiction Program

13th – Ava DuVernay

 

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Wanda Sykes as Daphne Lido black-ish
Angela Bassett as Catherine Master Of None

 

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Cicely Tyson as Ophelia Harkness How To Get Away With Murder
Laverne Cox as Sophia Burset Orange Is The New Black

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Michael Kenneth Williams as Freddy Knight The Night Of

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Regina King as Kimara Walters American Crime

 

The 69th Emmy Awards will be broadcast from Los Angeles on Sunday 17 September 2017.
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