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Diversity reigns at Emmys for a second year

Shonda McClain | 7/17/2016, 8:01 p.m.
Seven months after the viral #OscarsSoWhite lit up social media and Will and Jada Pinckett Smith called for a boycott ...
ABC’s comedy “black-ish” was nominated for Best Comedy and its stars, Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross also walked away with Emmy nominations.

Seven months after the viral #OscarsSoWhite lit up social media and Will and Jada Pinckett Smith called for a boycott of the Academy Awards, the Emmys have continued to embrace and celebrate diversity on television.

Viola Davis, who became the first Black woman to win an Emmy in the lead actress category for “How to Get Away with Murder,” will, again, go toe-to-toe with “Empire’s” Taraji P. Henson.

Viola Davis, who became the first Black woman to win an Emmy in the lead actress category for “How to Get Away with Murder,” will, again, go toe-to-toe with “Empire’s” Taraji P. Henson.

When the Emmy nominations were announced on July 14, 21 non-white actors received nods across 16 categories, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Viola Davis, who became the first Black woman to win an Emmy in the lead actress category for “How to Get Away with Murder,” will, again, go toe-to-toe with “Empire’s” Taraji P. Henson. Kerry Washington was nominated for HBO’s “Confirmation” and Regina King, who also took home an Emmy last year, is up for “American Crime.”

ABC’s comedy “black-ish” was nominated for Best Comedy and its stars, Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross also walked away with nominations.

FX’s breakout hit, “The People vs. O.J. Simpson” received several nominations, including nods for Cuba Gooding Jr., Courtney B. Vance and Sterling K. Brown.

Other nominees are Idris Elba (“Luther”), Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), Keegan-Michael Key (“Key and Peele”), Andre Braugher (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Niecy Nash (“Getting On”), Audra McDonald (“Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill”), Bokeem Woodbine (“Fargo”), Mahershala Ali (“House of Cards”), Reg E. Cathey (“House of Cards”), Tracy Morgan (“Saturday Night Live”), Steve Harvey (“Little Big Shots”) and RuPaul (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”).

Conspicuously missing from the Emmy nominations was Don Cheadle, star of Showtime’s “House of Lies.” Had he been nominated this year for his role as Marty Kaan, he would have tied actor Robert Guillaume (“Soap,” “Benson”) as the most nominated African-American male actor in Emmy history.

The 2016 Emmy Awards will air Sept. 18 on ABC.

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