Black Beauty at the SAG Awards

The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards were held on January and black Hollywood showed up in grand fashion!

Viola Davis won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series award for her role as Professor Annalise Keating on How to Get Away with Murder. Uzo Aduba won the SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series. Both women looked gorgeous and both gave extremely touching speeches that women of all races, from all walks of life, can learn a thing a two from.

I’ll start with Uzo Aduba’s acceptance speech. First, this woman is more gorgeous than anyone will ever admit, but I’m saying it now. Uzo Aduba is beautiful and she is slaying the 2015 red carpet season. What stood out about her speech was the genuine love for her craft that she expressed through it. To be exact she said, “The day I got this job, was the day I had stopped acting.” This proclamation made me stop and think. How often does that happen? We are ready to settle or give up and then boom! God shows up and we get more than we could ever have dreamed of. I needed such encouragement today, so this speech was right on time.

In her speech, Viola Davis thanks Shonda Rhimes and others who write and create for “How to Get Away with Murder” for “Thinking that a sexualized, messy, mysterious woman could be a 49-year-old, dark-skinned African-American woman that looks like me.” Oh the power, in that thanks. In that statement. She then went on to thank all of the people who love her the way God made her – her husband, daughter and mother. All of this while wearing her natural hair and a sleek white dress tailored to perfection of course.

Both speeches were distinct and so 2015. Why so 2015? Because never before had black women won such awards, but then again never before have black women been hired for such roles. I am a believer that progress comes slow or not at all; Lauryn Hill feels the same way about dreams. The SAG awards are chosen by peers and fellow actors, so the awards are meaningful and in my opinion show true progress. I’m proud of both ladies who looked beautiful.

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