18 Sep

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.


Posted by on September 18, 2011 in HEADLINE NEWS


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  1. Jolene Silbernagel-Sailer

    September 18, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    I usually find your posts informative, entertaining and somewhat educational. However, I am actually shocked that you still have narrow views in life to even notice the “color” of someone’s skin! There is no such thing as “color”. It is about as “un-cool” as being gender biased! Live in today’s society Britta! I thought tonight’s Emmy’s displayed equality to all. There is no place in society today for a “back of the bus” or “special fountains” mentality! This was not your best post my dear! Shame!

    • brittaj

      September 18, 2011 at 11:44 pm

      Sorry you feel that way. It is something I would prefer to have left far behind in the wind. However, it was sad to see the lack of diversity and it was very obvious. It is unfortunate, but I felt it apparent enough to feel the need to discuss it. While we all have our different opinions on topics, we may not always agree and that is just a part of life. It is my hope that one day this truly will not need a second thought, but until it really is a colorblind world, we must keep it in the forefront. In growing up in a very diverse part of Chicago, it never really mattered to me and being of a bi-racial background this typically is not on my mind. But in this case I was inspired to write about what was clearly in front of me. This is always a sensitive topic, but sometimes feelings just need to be expressed if we are to move forward. If five African-Americans being nominated and not winning is considered equality, we still have a long way to go. Hopefully we will get there soon…

  2. Jolene Silbernagel-Sailer

    September 19, 2011 at 12:16 am

    My dear the awards were about talent and though some I found more talented than others did not win, I was equally happy for those who won and those who did not win for actually being selected, the mere recognition is an honor. It’s just an awards show, not a program curing a disease or finding world peace. (Which by-the-way, we will never have as long as people choose to see the “color” of people’s skin)!

    It is sad you still choose to use the word “color”. The only sentence that word should be included in is in a man-made box of Crayons. God created us and He created the colors.

    Britta, I hope someday you will not see the world as Black and White, Right or Wrong, Good or Bad. Even Dandelions that are considered weeds are beautiful.

    Viewing tonight’s Emmy’s I saw genuine happiness on the faces of those mentioned who did not win the award. Don’t make this into something it is not and didn’t happen. There was no bias.

  3. anyone

    September 19, 2011 at 2:47 am

    Personally, I nixed the Emmy’s due to that reason over the past two years, It’s ridiculous and obvious and I agree with Britaj. As far as I can see, the world is going backwards. If you don’t speak spanish, and your not like snow there’s no place to go!

  4. Artemis

    September 19, 2011 at 10:17 am

    What’s sad to me is you have the highest paid man in Hollywood, that has shows with an all black cast, and the ability to do anything they choose, but choose not to. I’d start there first, and find out why not, Mr.P…. Along with so many others, that have the power and ability to. It’s our own responsibilituy to push ourselves into the positions we want. We have everything in place to make it so, but choose not to….Can’t blame… It’s time for personal change

  5. PAHairston

    September 19, 2011 at 11:29 am

    When will the color of one’s skin not matter in the United States? When Yellowstone blows or our ‘true enemy’ drops that bomb on this STILL great nation. Then an only then will the color of one’s skin not matter cause we won’t have any. Peace.

  6. Sara

    September 19, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    If you look at articles on the ‘lack of color’ in the last ten year’s worth of Emmys, you’ll find the same remarks at all degrees. Ethnic actors find more opportunity in front of the camera ‘repersenting the masses’; but it all starts at the top, and the majority of studio executives, producers, directors, and writers are white men, all statistics verify this to staggering degrees. Until new generations of filmmakers and writers outside of that paradigm manage to elbow their way in – and they will – it won’t change overnight. Patience!


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