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The 2017 Emmys Were An Exercise in Excellence

These Emmys…ah. White straight dudes still ran most of the categories, but thankfully for Black queer women like Lena Waithe, Muslim men like Riz Ahmed, and shining women like Ann Dowd and Elizabeth Moss, records were rightfully broken. Here are some of my favorite moments of the night:

Kate McKinnon’s early win already brought up some gay sobs.

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Lena Waithe becoming the first Black (queer) woman to win an Emmy for writing — and she’s a South Side Chicago native.

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S-A-N J-U-N-I-P-E-R-O. Twice. More gay sobs.

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Riz Ahmed’s beautiful existence.

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Sterling K. Brown’s beautiful existence.

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This REUNION!

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And, finally, Oprah.

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It was a landmark year at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, with Donald Glover and Riz Ahmed taking home awards for Best Comedy Series Director and Best Lead Actor In a Limited Series, respectively. It’s the first time an African-American person and an South Asian person have won their aforementioned categories. Not only are the two men history-making actors, they’re talented musicians as well.

Refresh yourself on Donald Glover’s most recent album under his Childish Gambino moniker, Awaken, My Love!, and learn more about Ahmed’s rap trio, Swet Shop Boys, where he raps under the name Riz MC.

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