Last year while at the Emmy Awards, Issa Rae said to reporters from Variety that she was “rooting for everybody black.” And a year later, Issa spoke on the comment she made in 2017, revealing that she was surprised it got the reaction that it did.
“I was very surprised, but it was also true, I was rooting for everybody black,” the actress explained while at the Emmy’s pre-party Friday evening. According to the rising star, the past few years have been great for black people in the entertainment industry, because, in her words, they “don’t win a lot; we barely even get recognized.”
Rae added that she doesn’t see a black person up for an Emmy or an Oscar very often, so when it happens, she’s always rooting for people of color.
As fans of the Insecure star know, this year, she received her first acknowledgment from the Emmy Awards, for leading actress in her HBO series.
Despite the fact her show received critical acclaim, she didn’t receive a nomination for any accolades. This year, the 70th year since the Emmy Awards began, will see 36 non-white nominees across every acting category.
That means the amount of people of color nominated this year has increased by 20%. Sandra Oh is up for an award as well for lead actress in a drama series for her character in Killing Eve.
If she wins, Sandra will be the first-ever Asian-American person to win the category. As fans of the Hollywood world know, the past few years have seen a considerable push for diversity and proportional representation in the business.
People have taken to Twitter in the past to complain about the Oscars being dominated by white people. While the ceremonies are pushing for more diversity, unfortunately, viewers are mostly checking out, as the ceremonies have witnessed a significant drop in ratings, due possibly to the advent of streaming technology.