Emmy winners Emphasize push for social justice

LOS ANGELES — Regina King and Uzo Aduba utilized the come-as-you-are style edict to get Sunday’s virtual Emmy awards to emphasize the national battle for justice.

The two Black actresses wore T-shirts comprising Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old EMT in Louisville, Kentucky, that had been captured and killed by authorities in March.

“The cops still have not been held liable,” King said in a Zoom session with networking. “She represents two decades, countless decades of violence from Black bodies. Wearing Breonna’s likeness and representing her family as well as the stories we were researching, presenting, and holding up a mirror on watchmen,’ it felt right to signify Breonna Taylor.”

Taylor was shot inside her apartment after police officers implementing a no-knock warrant burst and murdered her later returning fire from her boyfriend. Not one of the officers was billed. One has been fired and two others were put on leave.

Aduba, sitting behind a desk in the home, wore a black T-shirt using Taylor’s title in gold. King and Aduba were happy to observe one another’s style choice.

“I adored when I watched her top and standing inside with such power and strength, which most of us know she’s,” explained Aduba, winner for supporting actress in a limited series or TV movie for”Mrs. America” where she played with Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm.

Aduba wanted to provide an increase to the requirements for social justice which have swept the country during the coronavirus pandemic this season. With no audience or red rug, nominees were invited to wear anything they desired and state anything else in accepting their decorations from where they decided to be.

“I’d be remiss to not bring in a few of what’s happening out in the streets along with the adventures of so many that seem just like myself,” Aduba told me via Zoom.

Damon Lindelof wore a black T-shirt using”Recall Tulsa’21” in yellow letters while taking the Emmy for restricted series composing for”Watchmen.”

Lindelof, who’s white, was drawing attention to the race riot in Oklahoma that happened after white inhabitants, a lot deputized and given weapons, assaulted Black residents and businesses in town. Jefferson called it”the first sin of the series.”

“This nation fails and forgets its history frequently at its peril, and we shouldn’t ever forget that,” Jefferson said.

“That is Us” celebrity Sterling K. Brown introduced the show’s ultimate award for best drama series. He took the point at Staples Center sporting a black T-shirt with white letters BLM to get Black Lives Issue along with a snowy raised fist.

Host Jimmy Kimmel and many others invited audiences to register and vote at the forthcoming November elections.