The 2017 Golden Globes gave any naysayers their proof Sunday night that black people are still, and will always be, magical.
Due to the recent political events that have been normalized by the media, I had my doubts that everything that we’ve worked toward as black people and black women in particular, would subside after the only first family that looks like us is on her way out of the White House. I am happy to say that the Golden Globes has helped to see that I am wrong and we are still killing the game in education, business and media. I first realized the Golden Globes were going to be a grand event this year when I saw the nominees list were filled with more than ten black actors and actresses. From being overlooked at the 2016 Academy awards to projecting large numbers at the Golden Globes, we have more than earned a seat at the table.
Tracee Ellis Ross, Issa Rae and Viola Davis were some of the main reasons why the Golden Globes made me want to leap through the screen with so much pride. When Ross won the award for Best Actress in a TV series or comedy, I was so excited and happy for her. I had been following her career since Girlfriends and I have always admired how proud and secure she is as a black woman. She has made so many strides to uplift black women and even took the opportunity to share her honor with us when she said “This is for all of the women of color and colorful people whose stories, ideas, thoughts are not always considered unworthy or valid or important. I want you to know that I see you, we see you.”
Issa Rae shined as well as she, like Ross, attended the Golden Globes for the first time. From YouTube to HBO to now being nominated for her first Golden Globe for her own show, Rae has proven you don’t have to do anything the “traditional” way to be a star. I admire her work ethic and authenticity and am so excited to see how her career advances after Sunday night.
Finally, Viola. Ms. Motherf***in Davis! I don’t think I can write anything about her that hasn’t already been written. She always shines with her class and elegance and she didn’t fail at the Golden Globes. After winning her award for Best Supporting Actor in a motion picture. Her strength was shown again as she reminded us, as fabulous as the night was, we are still 11 days away from inaugurating Donald Trump as our next president. Davis used her platform to make her statement on Trump and how we as Americans can’t put everything on our upcoming president in order to see change. During her speech, she said, “I think that America in and of itself has been an affirmation but I think that we’ve fallen short a lot because there is no way that we can have anyone in office that is not an extension of our own belief system.” This is what we as not only black people but anyone who feels insecure or scared about the state of our country needed to hear.
What are your thoughts of the Golden Globes? What were your favorite moments? Let me know in the comments!