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An S&A Recap of the Historic 67th Primetime Emmy Awards and a Look at Next Year's Possibilities

21 September 2015 6:42 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

As I'm sure you've all heard by now (even if you didn't watch last night's live broadcast), Viola Davis made history, becoming the first black woman to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Incredible when you consider that this was the 67th edition of the aging institution. Some would say, better late than never; for others, it's about damn time! This comes after just 5 previous nominations for black actresses in that specific category - Debbie Allen, Alfre Woodard, Regina Taylor, Cicely Tyson, and Kerry Washington for "Fame," "St. Elsewhere," "I'll Fly Away," "Sweet Justice," and "Scandal" »

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Viola Davis Becomes First Black Woman to Win Lead Actress in a Drama Series

20 September 2015 7:59 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Emmy history was made when “How to Get Away with Murder” star Viola Davis won outstanding actress in a drama series, becoming the first black actress to claim the prize. Davis overcame fierce competition, including Taraji P. Henson — whose own nomination made this the first year two black actresses were nominated in the category.

“The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity,” an emotional Davis told the audience.

The star of ABC’s drama series also quoted Harriet Tubman and thanked her fellow African American actresses, including Henson, Kerry Washington and Halle Berry.

“Thank you for taking us over that line,” she said.

“Fame” star Debbie Allen was the first black woman ever nominated for drama series lead actress back in 1982. She was nominated four consecutive times but never won.

Alfre Woodard (“St. Elsewhere”) and Cicely Tyson (“Sweet Justice”) were nominated in 1986 and 1995, respectively, while »

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Emmys 2015: Viola Davis, Taraji P. Henson Could Make History

16 July 2015 9:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

There was lots to cheer about and lots to jeer about with the announcement of the 2015 Emmy nominations Thursday, and tucked in among the usual snubs and surprises was a bit of history surrounding the nods for Viola Davis and Taraji P. Henson.

The actresses, who are both up for the Best Leading Actress award in the drama category for "How to Get Away with Murder" and "Empire," respectively, are now the first two African-Americans to be nominated in that category in the same year. That bit of trivia aside, both Davis and Henson could make even more history during the ceremony should one of them snag the statuette.

According to TheWrap, an African-American has never won that particular award at the Emmys, and the likelihood of women of color even getting a nomination in that category has, sadly, been even more remote. The trade traces that stat's origins back »

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TVLine Items: Fear the Walking Dead Poster, Castle's New Tech Geek & More

15 July 2015 12:56 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The zombie apocalypse might not begin until the end of Fear the Walking Dead‘s first season — but you can catch an early glimpse of it in the show’s official art.

VideosFear the Walking Dead Trailer Is Finally Here!

AMC on Wednesday released the poster for its upcoming Walking Dead spinoff, which depicts a walker threatening to ruin a nice game of basketball. (But at least the sunset is pretty!)

Fear the Walking Dead premieres Sunday, Aug. 23, at 9/8c. In the meantime, scroll down to see the series’ ominous artwork.

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