Black Is Gold – African American Representation Shines Through the Globes

By Thomas Hester II (@thomasahester2)

“Black Is Beautiful

Black Is Bold

Black Is Black, true

But Black Is Gold”

— Wale, Black Is Gold

Before the NAACP Image Awards and the BET Awards aired eyes were set to the Golden Globes

Until recently their ceremony was dismissed by some as just the Ugly Duckling to theprestigious Academy Awards

A precursor to find out who will join the majors from the farm league

With memorable hosts SNL legends Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the always entertaining Ricky Gervais and the looser atmosphere and two consecutive years of controversy with #OscarsSoWhite campaign the ‘Biggest night in film’ was playing catch up and battling being dismissed as antiquated

On this night in television the Globes had an extremely diverse pool to choose from

“I grew up in a house where magic wasn’t allowed so everyone in this room is magical to me.

Every time I saw a movie or Disney movie or saw y’all or heard your voice I was like, Oh magic comes from people”

— Donald Glover

Viola Davis received a stature for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Moonlight took home Best Drama Motion Picture

Donald Glover won for FX’s Atlanta and Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy

He referenced his Nigerian brothers, his Black writing team including Steve G Lover, Migos and after his speech Questlove from the ‘legendary Roots crew’ played Bad and Boujee at the Golden Globes after party

The People vs OJ took home a Globe for the Best Limited Television Series

And Image Award winner Tracee Ellis Ross finally received her roses her hilarious portrayal of Rainbow in ABC’s Blackish

Regardless of if the Oscars will continue the wave of change started from the outcry of being overlooked or if Blacks will become more supported of shows like the BET or Image Awards

Representation Matters

And we are gonna shine Golden Globe, Oscar, Grammy or not because Black Is Gold

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