Again, each of these winners earned their awards — that’s not up for debate — but I’m excited for the day when their wins are no longer considered groundbreaking and
when a show like Insecure
, a fun comedy about Black women living and loving, gets the respect and accolades it deserves. Historically, more Black actors take home awards for Drama than in Comedy series. Donald Glover for Atlanta
in 2017 and Robert Guillaume for Benson
in 1985 are the only lead comedic actors to win. Zendaya became the second Black woman to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama series in the show’s 72-year history (after Viola Davis) and there hasn’t been a Black actress to win the same award in the comedy category since Isabel Sanford in 1981 for The Jeffersons
. Turns out, we haven’t exactly moved on up
. I’m sorry. I had to.