The 63rd annual Emmy Awards aired tonight and while many of my favorite shows were honored, one thing was missing…color. Did I miss something?
It seems like decades ago that The Cosby Show featured an all black cast and received rave reviews. This seemed to be the opening for offering more diverse programming. But in the year 2011, although we have a black President, it is disappointing to see the lack of growth in other areas. While I counted five very talented African-American nominees (Idris Elba, Laurence Fishburne, Taraji Henson, Andre Braugher and Loretta Divine), none won an Emmy and there were no shows even in the running with an all black cast.
When will the major networks see there is a void and fill it? Why is this market still underserved? Everyone wants to see people they can relate to on camera. It amazes me that this is not a hot topic and no-one has stepped up to the task. How many of these shows have been presented to the major networks and have received no support?
It would just be very satisfying to see talented African-American actors given the same opportunity to win an Emmy. With the lack of superior roles available, how will they ever compete? Why can’t we speed up progress and expand diversity in the television and film industry? When will the time come when this will not even need to be up for discussion? How many years must we wait? It just needs to be a more level playing field.
Let’s hope someone comes to the rescue…come on Oprah and Tyler Perry push them hard and back it with some of your millions. You are our only hope.