Black Actors Will Take Up Space At The Emmys

Quinta Brunson makes Emmy history wit her three nominations.

Emmy nominations have come around again this year and they’re honestly better than ever. The year of 2022 might have just given some of the best Emmy nods of talent yet.

Fans have been responding positively to this week’s released list of Emmy nominees and have taken to social media to express their support for their beloved actors. Although volume 2 of “Stranger Things” was recently released on Netflix’s platform, they’ve officially been nominated for the category of Outstanding Drama Series. To receive one Emmy nomination is an honor, but to receive 13? This cast definitely has displayed why they’re worthy of such recognition after dominating the Netflix streaming platform for the past four seasons.

Another series that received major love and support for their Emmy nominations was the cast of “Abbott Elementary”. The cast has been entered in the category of Outstanding Comedy Series, Quinta Brunson has been nominated for Best Actress in Comedy, Janelle James and Sheryl Lee Ralph have both been nominated in the same category for Supporting Actress in Comedy, and Tyler James Williams has been nominated for Supporting Actor in Comedy. This team has taken fans by storm this past year with their successful satire masterpiece of a first season. They’ve received much comparison to the legendary comedy series “The Office”. Additionally, they’ve revealed that an official season 2 of “Abbott Elementary” is on the way. Brunson was also nominated for writing the pilot. She is the first Black woman to receive comedy nominations in the acting, writing and series categories.

Issa Rae has officially received a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in A Comedy Series for her hit show “Insecure”. The cast of “Euphoria” has received nominations as well from their latest season; and with as much drama packed tension that the show touched on, it was definitely deserving. Zendaya has made history yet again by becoming the youngest two-time lead acting Emmy nomination and Sydney Sweeny has earned her first Emmy nomination in the series. Colson Domingo also received a nod for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role on the show. As a young aspiring actress, it’s definitely motivating to witness history being made by a powerful and positive Black role model figure such as Zendaya.

Another interesting aspect of this year’s Emmy nominations is that practically half of the nominated actors of color came from three specific shows. “Abbott Elementary,” “Squid Game,” andTed Lasso” cast members have received their recognition for the 74th Emmy Awards. I’m excited that more Black talent is being recognized and valued.

Be sure to watch the Emmy Awards September 12th at 7:00 p.m. on NBC to see if any of your favorites win.


By Kori Barnes, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Instagram: @korixnicole

Written by Kori Barnes

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