Waithe makes history, gives ‘master’ speech at Emmys

The 69th Emmy Awards were filled with political zingers, anticipated wins and emotional acceptance speeches, but no speech was a masterful as the one from Lena Waithe.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the actor and writer on the Netflix comedy Master of None “made history when she won best writing for a comedy series at the Emmys Sunday night,” becoming the first African-American woman to earn the accolade. But after taking the stage to accept the award, Waithe’s speech was a hit parade of touching and inspiring moments.

Winning for the writing on the “Thanksgiving” episode, EW says Waithe first thanked her mother, as well as series creator Aziz Ansari. Once Waithe named girlfriend Alana Mayo, her speech took the most inspiring turn as she also thanked the “LGBTQIA community.”

“I see each and every one of you,” Waithe said, according to EW. “The things that make us different, those are our superpowers. Every day when you walk out the door, put on your imaginary cape and go out there and conquer the world because the world would not be as beautiful as it is without us in it.”

Waithe closed her remarks by returning to her roots, says EW, thanking fans for making her dream, as well as that of Ansari, a reality.

“And to everybody out there who showed us so much love with this episode, thank you for embracing a little Indian boy from South Carolina and a little queer black girl from the South Side of Chicago. We appreciate it more than you could ever know.”

And we appreciate Lena more than she knows. Congratulations!


Nicole’s Favorites: TV Moments Edition

At every award show, there seems to be one speech that stands out among the others. And while every recipient is overcome with emotion when they’re accepting their awards, there was one actress at this year’s Emmy Awards who delivered a noteworthy acceptance speech.

Enter Viola Davis, who made history at the Sept. 20 award show by becoming the first African-American to win an Emmy for best actress in a drama. As if winning weren’t enough to seal her place in history, she proceeded to deliver perhaps one of the most touching and inspirational speeches not only of the night, but also in Emmys history.

The New York Times provided this transcript of her speech online:

Transcript via The New York Times.

Transcript via The New York Times.

Davis’ speech spoke to the importance of her winning the award, while also pointing out the trailblazers that have cleared a path for actresses like her to have a chance for success in the industry. She also acknowledged her fellow actresses who help to further the prospects of future generations of women and women of color.

There was no better way to cap off the Emmys than with this speech. And what was equally touching about her win was that when Davis’ name was called, her fellow nominees were just as excited for her as they would be if they had won. Couple this with her speech, and we are dealt two major takeaways from this one moment: that success is possible despite the restrictions societies and industries may place on women and women of color, and that it is more than possible for women to support their peers in their successes.

While we can watch award shows idly and comment on the fashion, it is a moment like this that makes award shows worth watching; here, we not only celebrate the success of a talented actress, but we received a speech that will inspire countless young women across the country and around the world to fearlessly and passionately pursue their dreams.

Somewhere, a little girl was watching Davis win that award. And what she saw was more than an actress in a pretty dress receiving a trophy — she saw a woman who has transcended barriers to achieve her dreams. She heard a speech that not only recognized the hurdles Davis overcame, she heard her graciously celebrate her peers.

She saw that dreams do come true, and Davis’s Emmys win may be just the thing that inspires this little girl to go after her own dreams without fearing societal barriers and racial or gender restrictions.

While Davis expressed her gratitude in her Emmys acceptance speech, we — the women of the world who watched with pride — want to thank you, Viola Davis, for being an inspiration to us all.



Take Her Look [For Less]

While Sunday night’s Emmys honored the most talented actors and actresses in television, the Emmys red carpet payed homage to the style of the small screen’s biggest stars. And as if their red carpet looks weren’t stylish enough, their after-party style was even better.

Take Modern Family‘s Sarah Hyland. After wearing a gorgeous wine-colored Zac Posen gown on the Emmys red carpet, she opted for a black Kaufmanfranco swing dress for the Emmys after party, says InStyle. Her sweet little black dress featured a high neckline and an oversized bow at the back of her neck. She completed her look with some silver jewelry and black strappy heels.

Hyland took to the Emmys after party in style, but her style comes at a price. A similar Kaufmanfranco dress retailed originally for $2,995 at Forward, but if you love her post-award show style, we’ve found all the pieces necessary to recreate her look for less than $200. Read on for the results!

While nothing will ever quite compare to her bow-back Kaufmanfranco frock, we thought the High Neck Crepe Swing Dress from Missguided certainly came close. Featuring a similar high neckline and billowy silhouette, this dress could easily pass for Hyland’s look. But, the best part is that this look-alike dress is available at a fraction of the price, coming in at only $40.

The High Neck Crepe Swing Dress, from Missguidedus.com.

The High Neck Crepe Swing Dress, from Missguidedus.com.

Black strappy heels will complete our look for less, and there is no better pair for the job than the Jessica Simpson Sabreeni heels from 6pm. These heels have a strap pattern at the toe reminiscent of Hyland’s heels, but they also feature tiny studs to give the shoe an edgier feel. These sassy heels will finish off your new outfit for a mere $49.99.

The Jessica Simpson Sabreeni Heel from 6pm.com.

The Jessica Simpson Sabreeni Heel from 6pm.com.

Sarah Hyland’s Emmys after-party look may have been pricey, but you don’t have to spend like a star to achieve a similar look — we were able to recreate her look from head to toe for only $89.99. Add a silver cuff and earrings, and you’ll have successfully taken Hyland’s look for less.

Happy Shopping!