2018 Emmy Nominees

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Hello Lovelies,

It’s that time of year again! The Emmy nominations were announced Thursday morning by Samira Wiley of “The Handmaid’s Tale” and Ryan Eggold of “The Blacklist”.

For those of you aren’t familiar with the awards, the Emmys are the most prestigious awards for the medium of television. With dozens of excellent shows airing via streaming, cable, and premium television networks, the bar is higher than ever for television artists to reach.

Unsurprisingly, several of our favorite actors received nominations.

Here’s a full rundown of all the nominees we’re rooting for:

Comedy Series

Critical darling and cultural phenomenon Atlanta received its second nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series for its second season. Likewise Black-ish received its third consecutive nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series for it’s fourth season while also being the only network series nominated in the category. The other nominees aren’t even funny so we’re scratching our heads at there existence.

Lead Actor, Drama

Last year’s winner in this category Sterling K. Brown is nominated again for his work in This Is Us. Jeffrey Wright is also nominated for the first time for his work in the second season of  Westworld. We’ve personally been sleeping on Westworld because westerns are boring. #alltea #noshade

Lead Actress, Drama

So Viola was shut out of the category this year and the only nominee of note is Sandra Oh, who is the first Asian woman to be nominated in this category for her work in Killing Eve. Our guess is there’s only room for one woman of color in this category.

Lead Actor, Comedy

Last year’s winner Donald Glover and 4-time-nominee Anthony Anderson are both nominated again for their work in Atlanta and Blackish respectively and it’s guaranteed to go to either one of them. We’ve never heard of the other nominees but good luck I guess.

Lead Actress, Comedy

Tracee Ellis Ross is nominated in the category for the 3rd time for Black-ish while Issa Rae received her first nomination for her funny-yet vulnerable acting work in Insecure, the show she co-created, writes and produces.

Lead Actor, Limited Series or Movie

John Legend received an (obviously) token minority nomination for Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. Aaaaaand we don’t know what else to say about this….soooo…yeah….

Lead Actress, Limited Series or Movie

Regina King also received a token minority nomination for Seven Seconds a Netflix show that no one watched but we’re happy she’s getting some love even though a win isn’t happening for her.

Supporting Actor, Drama Series

No one of note honestly…so we’re skipping this one.

Supporting Actress, Drama Series

Thandie Newton is nominated again for Westworld in this category and looking at her fellow nominees, she definitely has a chance of claiming the award this year.

Supporting Actor Comedy Series

Brian Tyree Henry FINALLY gets an Emmy nomination for his work in Atlanta. Seriously, he’s amazing. Watch the show just for him if you have to. He’s that good. And the best thing about Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Titus Burgess, received yes another nomination for his work as well. #YAAAAAS! Kenan Thompson is nominated too, making this category the one with the most black nominees.

Supporting Actress, Comedy Series

Leslie Jones and Zazie Beetz are nominated for Saturday Night Live and Atlanta. We’re especially happy for Beetz, since this is her first nomination. This category is packed, but we’re hoping for a win in this category.

Supporting Actor, Limited Series

It seems like the limited series categories are full of token minority nominations, with Brandon Victor Dixon getting nominated for you guessed it, Jesus Christ Superstar. Good luck!

Supporting Actress Limited Series

Disney’s newest princess Letitia Wright received an Emmy nomination for her work in Black Mirror. Adina Porter, a woman whose name you may not recognize, but whose work you’re likely familiar with, was also nominated, but for the most recent season of American Horry Story which we haven’t watched since season 3 tbh…

There are many, many more people nominated that we don’t have the time (or energy tbh) to commentate on, but here are the categories and nominees we’re also going to be paying attention to:

Guest Actor Drama Series

Ron Cephus Jones for “This Is Us”

Guest Actress Drama Series 

Viola Davis for Scandal

Cicely Tyson for How to Get Away With Murder

Samira Wiley for The Handmaid’s Tale

Guest Actor Comedy Series

Sterling K. Brown for Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Donald Glover for Saturday Night Live

Kat Williams for Atlanta

Guest Actress Comedy Series

Tiffany Haddish for Saturday Night Live

Maya Rudolph for The Good Place

Wanda Sykes for Black-ish

Writing for a Comedy Series

Donald Glover for Atlanta, (“Alligator Man”)

Stephani Robinson for Atlanta, (“Barbershop”)

Directing for a Comedy Series

Donald Glover for Atlanta (“FUBU”)

Congratulations to all the nominees. We’re looking forward to watching and reporting the results of the awards in September. While I’m happy that the acting categories are full of beautiful black faces, I was quite disappointed to see only 3 nominations for writing and directing being awarded (2 of which are for Donald Glover).

Despite this, as always, we’re rooting for everyone black.

What do you all think of the nominations? Let us know in the comments.

 

CBIFF 2018 Meet & Greet!

The Columbus Black International Film Festival will host a meet & greet fundraiser to kick off the 2nd annual festival!

The program will include a Q&A with founder and CEO Cristyn A. Steward, M.F.A. This event will be moderated by Celia Peters, of Artistic Freedom Ltd.

The CBIFF Happy Hour is the inaugural micro fundraiser. Your support allows CBIFF to continue to screen Black independent cinema in Columbus.

Register here: https://bit.ly/2Mk2EOE

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Our Thoughts on the 2018 Tony Awards

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Hello Lovelies,

The Tony Awards were this past Sunday. While we tried our best to get this post up in a timely manner, in all honesty, there really wasn’t much to say about them. The performances ranged from boring to bizarre and the hosts were less than entertaining to say the least.

The Band’s Visit and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child won the majority of the nominations they received in the musical and play categories respectively.

Broadway icon Chita Rivera received the Lifetime Achievement Award but the moment wasn’t televised much to our disappointment. While it is notable that a person color was nominated in every single acting category, the same can’t be said about the nominations for the technical categories backstage.

Sprinkled among the nominated shows were revivals of classics such as Carousel, My Fair Lady, and Once on This Island and shows based on popular existing properties like Mean Girls, Spongebob Squarepants, and Frozen.

But what we couldn’t help but think as we were watching the awards ceremony: The theater has lost so much of it’s relevance in the world of entertainment today.

Two years ago, Hamilton won a ton of awards including 11 Tony’s and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It is the most recent Broadway show to achieve cultural relevance because of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s brilliant creative decision to not only incorporate hip-hop music into the show’s repertoire, but also his decision to cast black and brown people in the roles of historical figures who are white.

This simple decision single-handedly created a show that not only commented on how black and brown people are frequently reduced to entertainment for mass (read: white) audiences, but also how history is often told through a “white” point of view at the expense of black and brown people.

And at the end of the day, it’s also incredibly entertaining show. But it’s also a show that I haven’t seen. Tickets prices for the Broadway show in New York are astronomically high. The same goes for the shows on its upcoming U.S. tour.

All of this is to say that access to viewing high-quality theater has a barrier to entry that is impossible for many to overcome: the price of a ticket. Not to mention most shows don’t achieve enough popularity on Broadway to go on and tour across the country.
This results in most of the nominated shows being viewed by a small, elite group of people, thus diminishing the relevance of theater as a medium. It’s a sharp difference between television and film, which are so easily accessible from your own living room via Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu etc. that it’s impossible to watch all of it.

I’m sure The Band’s Visit is a great show. The fact that it is a critically and commercially successful musical that focuses on nonwhite protagonists is a step in the right direction. The rest of the shows, are an obvious symptom of the fact that having only 41 venues (most of which are occupied by long running shows that aren’t closing anytime soon) means that relying on properties that have a built-in audience is how you get people to the theater.

When money is on the mind, pushing the culture forward becomes an afterthought. And as a result, shows like Hamilton become rarities in the world of Broadway. At the same time, shows like Spongebob Squarepants and Frozen become the norm, while everything else is sidelined.

We’ll always love the theater, but we had to point out an incredibly disappointing show that reflects an industry that has lost its cultural relevance.

What do you think about the current state of the theatrical world? Has it lost its relevance and can it ever gain it back? Let us know what you think.

And as usual, here’s a link of all the Tony Award winners. Until next time!

XOXO,

Black Chick Media