Just because another woman is winning doesn’t mean you lose. A few years ago a host of black actresses were going out for the lead role for a new show by Shonda Rhimes, the first time in nearly 30 years a black women was top billing on a primetime show. Kerry Washington eventually won the role and Scandal became a smash hit.
The success of Scandal has lead directly to the Viola and Taraji being nominated for an Emmy. It is proof positive that when another person wins I am also put in a position to win as well. Another person’s success begets opportunity for others. I mentally have to check myself over roles that I thought were perfect for me but I didn’t get. What’s meant for me is meant for me, no one else can take what’s meant for me away. Therefore, I can be genuinely happy for another woman succeeding. There is beauty in sisterhood.
Thank you Ms. Henson for embodying this lesson during the 67th Emmy Awards. I can’t wait to hear your acceptance speech for your big award.