Black Actors Sweep Guest-Acting Categories at Creative Arts Emmys for the First Time Ever

Samira Wiley and Ron Cephas Jones were two of the four black actors to take home Creative Arts Emmys for guest appearances Saturday night, marking a sea change in inclusivity in the television industry. (Richard Shotwell / Invision)

The 2018 Creative Arts Emmys made history Saturday night when, for the first time, all four guest-acting statues went to black actors.

Ron Cephas Jones was recognized in the guest actor in a drama series category for his role as William Hill on NBC’s “This Is Us,” and Samira Wiley won the guest actress in a drama series award for her role as Moira on Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Comedians Tiffany Haddish and Katt Williams took home prizes in the guest actress and guest actor in a comedy series categories. She won for her “Saturday Night Live” hosting gig and he for his role as Willy in FX’s “Atlanta.”

The stars were all first-time Emmy winners, with Haddish making history two-fold: Her “SNL” appearance in November marked the first time a black female stand-up comic hosted the show since its inception in 1975.

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SOURCE: LA Times, Sonaiya Kelly