The 2018 Emmy noms finally came out on Thursday (July 12) with some pretty wonderful news!
From Issa Rae to Tracee Ellis Ross to Leslie Jones, so many sistas were nominated, but sadly not everyone was lucky to be part of the elite crew. And while we know that awards don’t equal talent, here are nine deserving Black women that should have been nominated and weren’t.
Either way: We see you ladies in all of your greatness!
1. Clare-Hope Ashitey for “Seven Seconds”
Category: Outstanding Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie. Our Reasoning: While Regina King was nominated for her role as a grieving mother in Netflix’s cancelled series “Seven Seconds,” it’s Clare-Hope Ashitey that deserved some Emmy attention as well. Her portrayal as alcoholic assistant prosecutor KJ Harper was layered, understated and powerful. We recommend if you haven’t already, go stream this show so you can see what we’re talking about.
2. Cush Jumbo for “The Good Fight”
Category: Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series. Our Reasoning: If you’re not watching the CBS Access drama “The Good Fight,” you are missing out on something extraordinary and super smart. “The Good Wife” spin-off is set in one the biggest Black law firms in Chicago and boasts some pretty amazing Black talent. One standout actress is Cush Jumbo, whose Lucca is a no nonsense, yet vulnerable Black woman trying to win her cases and make partner. The season finale where she gives birth should have easily gotten her nominated. Maybe next year girl.
3. Lena Waithe for “The Chi”
Category: Outstanding Writing In A Drama Series. Our Reasoning: The writing behind “The Chi,” especially the pilot, is so wonderful as creator Lena Waithe flawlessly weaves together the stories of Black folks living in the south side of Chicago. With season two of the Showtime drama in the works, there’s always next year. We hope.