It’s Handled: Three Reasons Why Kerry Washington’s Emmy Nod is A BIG Deal

You wear that white hat so well, Olivia.

Congratulations, Kerry!

I’d be lying if I told you guys that I didn’t get chills and my eyes started to sweat when I read the news of Kerry’s Emmy nomination for Lead Actress in Drama Series this morning. Not only is this news a big deal for the newlywed, but also a huge nod to Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes. If you have yet to get all of your life from this show, you’ve got until October 3 to catch up. Big shout-out to BET for picking up the series in syndication too!

In the last year, there’s been so much talk about the role of Olivia Pope and what she means to black women everywhere: her style is impeccable, her business savvy reputable and not to mention her scandalous affair with the most powerful man in the world is envious. But on to the good stuff! Peep these three reasons why Kerry’s nomination is a VERY big deal:

1. It’s been 18 years since an African-American actress has been nominated in this category. The last actress that was nominated for Lead Actress in a Drama Series was Cicely Tyson and her work in the NBC series Sweet Justice back in 1995. With the popularity of the show and how much of a polarizing figure that Olivia Pope has become in pop culture, it’s absolutely no surprise that she is receiving this well-deserved honor.

2. Kerry is also the first African-American actress to star in network drama in 40 years. Teresa Graves was the star of the short-lived “Get Christie Love” back in 1975, and since then there hasn’t been black woman to hold that distinction. In her interview with Oprah on “Next Chapter”, Kerry exclaimed that she had no idea that  Scandal would have the response that it has had, but is very grateful to .  I’m sure if Ms. Graves were alive today, she would be super proud to know that Christie Love has passed the torch on to a beautifully talented and intelligent woman like Olivia Pope who is changing the game completely.

3. Kerry’s light is finally shining brighter than ever, and it’s about time. I’ve been here for Kerry since she played Chenille in 2000’s Save The Last Dance (“I’m not you DEREK!) and have enjoyed watching her grow into an amazing artist. She’s not only a mentor-in-my-head, but a beacon of light for all black women (young and old) everywhere. Not only did she keep her marriage to football player Nnamdi Asomugha on the low-low, but she always carries her self with poise, class and grace. I can’t help think about the millions of women that look up to her (myself included) and really are awe-stuck by how intelligent, gorgeous and humble she really is. I’m so excited to see what’s next for Kerry, and even more hype for the return of Scandal this fall!

And there you have it ladies and gents! Clap, clap bravo to Ms. Kerry once again — can’t wait to see you win it on September 22nd on CBS!

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