Watching the Golden Globes last night from our view was the obvious, a sea of White faces. As unsettling as that can be, it was good seeing the color black in style while walking the red carpet to make bold a statement denouncing sexual assault and misconduct. And, it was especially inspiring to see Black people make history twice.
Oprah Winfrey became the first black woman awarded with the Cecil B. DeMille award and Sterling K. Brown, who portrays a complicated Randall Pearson on NBC’s This Is Us, became the first black man to win the Golden Globe for best actor in a TV drama series.
Sterling K. Brown had this to say in his powerful acceptance speech:
“The role was written specifically for a Black man. So I am being seen for who I am and I am being appreciated for who I am. And it makes it that much more difficult to dismiss me or dismiss anyone who looks like me.”
Oprah’s remarks had the entire worlds attention, trending on all social media formats all night long i.e., #Oprah2020. The media mogul referenced all the key topics of the night from the #MeToo stories to the #TimesUp movement. From the gruesome 1944 gang rape and (unrelated to that rape) recent death of civil rights pioneer Recy Taylor to pointing out that young girls might be watching this on TV and could be inspired, Oprah brought all the nation’s discussion points to one head.
Congratulations Oprah and Sterling!