The award season has officially started with Sunday’s Golden Globe awards. “The Revenant” was the big winner of the night taking home Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Leonardo DiCaprio), Best Director (Alejandro G. Iñárritu) and Best Motion Picture Drama, but that wasn’t the real big win of the night.
Taraji P. Henson won Best Actress in a Television Drama Series for her role as Cookie on “Empire.” She is only the third African-American woman to win this award. It’s been 23 years since another African-American woman won this award. Regina Taylor won in 1993 for her role in “I’ll Fly Away” and Gail Fisher took home the award in 1973 and 1971.
Henson handed out cookies when she walked up to accept her award. She started thanking people and when the prompter told her to wrap it up, she replied: “I waited 20 years for this! You’re going to wait!”
Not only did she wait 20 years for this win, society has waited over 20 years for another African-American woman to take home the award. She deserved her time in the spotlight.
The sad thing is hardly anyone is talking about this. Last year when Gina Rodriguez became the third Latina to win the Best Actress in a TV Comedy Series, everyone was talking about it. It’s been even longer since an African-American woman has taken home this award and only smaller sites are talking about it.
Shouldn’t we be celebrating this win for diversity? We are talking about her handing out cookies on the way to accept her award and how great it was that she demanded she have her moment, but not about how monumental this win was.
The Golden Globes isn’t always the place for celebrities to use it as a platform for political issues, but DiCaprio took his time to recognize the First Nations represented in the film and all the other indigenous people across the world.
He said: “It’s time that we recognize your history and protect your indigenous lands from corporate interests and people who are there to exploit them. It’s time that we hear your voice and protect this planet for future generations.”
We rarely talk about Native Americans and other First Nations who were here first. These are the people who are the true natives of their countries and their history is being washed away by the immigrants on their lands. It’s great that DiCaprio took the time to highlight these people and remind us to honor them in the right way.
Jennifer Lawrence winning a Golden Globe isn’t anything new, but the fact that she won for portraying a female entrepreneur is a great thing.
Last week Forbes published an article about this being the year for women entrepreneurs.
PR Newswire published an article last year about the vital role women-owned companies play in boosting the economy and the huge growth they’ve had.
The battle for women entrepreneurs is far from over, but films like “Joy” that are based on female entrepreneurs are great for inspiring more women to start their own businesses.
Let’s also not forget that critics said that Lawerence was too young to play Joy. The Oscar winner was bold when she took on a more challenging role and proved the critics wrong. Just another great inspiration for anyone starting the challenge of building their own business.
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Mandy is the managing editor of Bold.global. She’s obsessed with TV and with that passion she created Primetime Addiction that she grew to reach 25,000+ people a month. Mandy holds a master’s degree in magazine journalism from England. She’s contributed to publications in New York, Florida and the United Kingdom.