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The 2017 Golden Globes is a Win for Black Creatives Everywhere

I love award shows. From the BET Awards where you can count on something hilarious, inspiring and memorable happening to the VMAs where you can almost guarantee to see amazing live performances to the Grammys and Oscars where the best of the best are gathered in one room to battle it out and see who rose to the top during the past year. Out of all of them, however, my favorite is the Golden Globes.

The Golden Globes is where the Who’s Who of Hollywood get dressed up to the nines to drink and laugh the night away together. I’d love to be a fly on the wall there, just observing how they interact with one another.

Until that day comes, the thing I love most about award shows is the experience I have on Twitter. Twitter is simply amazing during large televised events… let me clarify, BLACK Twitter. I HAVE to be logged in on Twitter to experience the laughs, shade and all around community vibes. For last night’s Golden Globes, I was kicked back with laptop in tow, ready for a good time.

A LOT of epic moments took place. To Tracee Ellis Ross being the first Black woman in 33 years to win Best Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy (the last was Debbie Allen for Fame), to Viola Davis presenting Meryl Steep with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement (her acceptance speech is a must-watch), and of course after being snubbed all night, Moonlight winning the last award of the evening for Best Picture – Drama.

However, this year’s show was tremendously different to me because of two major reasons.

Issa Rae’s Nomination

Of course, her breakout hit series on HBO, Insecure, won our hearts this past Fall but the ones who have been riding with her since her Youtube days know that she definitely isn’t an overnight success like a lot of people may think she is. I was first introduced to Issa Rae as J, her hilariously awkward but super relatable character in The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, a YouTube series that caught like wildfire throughout the internet in the early 2010‘s and caught the attention of industry heavy hitters. Since then, she’s collaborated with the likes of Pharrell Williams, Shonda Rhimes and even authored a NYT best-selling book.

When I found out Issa was nominated as Best Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy, I literally was overjoyed for so many reasons.

I was happy that she nominated because she deserved it. I was impressed because she was nominated after only one season of her show. Above all, I was incredibly inspired because Issa has been GRINDING as an independent creator.

Outside of Insecure, she continues to produce and collaborate with up-and-coming creatives on her YouTube channel and innovate new ways to normalize the young Black person’s narrative in media.

Issa’s nomination meant the world to me. She’s literally the epitome of “Started from the Bottom” in terms of media stardom. A girl from LA who picked up a camera in college and took a risk is now being recognized by the industry’s elite because of HER creations. INSPIRED.

Donald Glover’s Atlanta Wins

2016 was the year of Donald Glover in my eyes. We won’t even talk about that amazing album he dropped right now, this is all about his impact with FX’s Atlanta. Just based off of the promo for the show I started to see early in 2016, I knew he was cooking up something. After the first episode, I was hooked. I was confident at this point that Atlanta was about to break cable TV wide open. Why? Because it was showing us something we’ve never seen before. Life about young Black men from the perspective of young Black men captured flawlessly. Writing? Bomb. Cinematography? Outstanding. Cast? Perfect.

Atlanta is IT. My favorite show of 2016 hands down. If you haven’t seen it, really shame on you, but you need to watch this show ESPECIALLY if you’re a Black millennial. When Atlanta took home Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy, I SCREAMED.

The man thanked Migos in his acceptance speech… pure greatness!

Shifting my praise now to the man behind it all, Donald Glover is just… amazing. This man does it all. TV. Comedy. Music. He’s a true maverick in every essence of the word. There’s no boxing him in, just when you think you have him figured out, he flips the script (cue Awaken, My Love).

Donald Glover is another great representation of what it is to be a Black creative. You can just feel the passion coming out of him through everything he does and it’s great to see him recognized for it.

After he took home another Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy, I was naturally undone. Wow.

When I continued to rejoice with everyone on Twitter, I felt so inspired because so many other people felt the same way I did.

Last night was EXACTLY what we all needed. A reminder that of course anything is possible to Black creatives in particular, I believe it meant that when you take the chance on your art and content, do the work and create quality… you open up the doors for so much more.

A creative at heart, Asia founded Empire Life Magazine and EmpireLifeMag.Com to fill a void in the media marketplace and serve the connection between creatives and entrepreneurship. Twitter & Instagram: @asiadoesit

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