Taraji P. Henson Had The Best Reaction To Viola Davis’ Historic Emmy Win

Hugs and love and future Beyoncé interludes.

1. The 2015 Emmys were not lacking when it came to amazing, talented women.

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2. One of those women, Viola Davis, made history that night as the first black actress to win the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress In a Drama Series.

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3. Her speech inspired many, and shouted out other black women leading shows this season, including Empire goddess Taraji P. Henson.


4. Taraji was called upon to talk about Davis’s win on Ellen this week, and it’s just extending the emotional high we’ve been riding since Sunday.

“It was bittersweet [not to win] you know what I mean because we all want to make history and be important to society and everything, but then I thought about it,” Henson told DeGeneres. “I was like, it’s 2015 and we have a black president and no black woman has ever won. Like this is weird.”

5. “When I went into it and I knew I was being nominated alongside of Viola I just thought to myself, God just please give it to one of us so we will never have to say that again.

You know, let’s just break this barrier down and keep on pushing. I think the universe is happy Viola deserved that award. And honestly I would have felt weird if I had gotten it over her. Ya know what I mean. She’s been doing it longer. You just got to give respect and know when your time is.

6. Viola and Taraji even hugged it out when Viola’s name was called.

7. Let us give thanks for women supporting each other.

8. H/T People.

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