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The acceptance speech

I enjoy watching award shows- they entertain me and provide me with some comic relief for about two and a half to three hours. I watch almost every award show except for the Emmy’s. It’s funny because for someone who watches a lot of TV, I don’t watch the main award show that recognizes the performers or the show itself for its accomplishments.

Even though I didn’t watch the Emmy’s this year I knew that for the first time ever there were two black women nominated for the “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series” category, something that has never happened before. The two black nominees were Taraji P. Henson who plays Cookie Lyon on Empire and Viola Davis who plays Annalise Keating on How To Get Away With Murder.

It was a battle for the Emmy: Cookie vs. Annalise, who was going to win it? Was Empire going to win? The show that pushes every boundary? The rawness of it rubs some people the wrong way but, at the same time, you can’t stop watching it. It’s eclectic, exciting, and in-your-face. Or was it going to be How To Get Away With Murder? The show that is more “sophisticated” than Empire, and not as “ghetto”.

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“For the first time ever, a black women has won an Emmy for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series”.”

Was Viola Davis going to win for the scene where her character Annalise took her wig off and strips off every bit of makeup, piece by piece, removing every cosmetic covering? She was exposed and all of her beautiful blackness was on display for the world to see. What an image she portrayed. How many actresses could have done that with such power? It was fierce. To deny her in the award would have been a travesty.

That may not have been the exact reason why Viola Davis won, but she did, and for the first time ever, a black woman has won an Emmy for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series”. I watched a video of her acceptance speech and it was so emotional. As soon as her name is called for winning she throws her hands up in the air in a state of shock. Taraji P. Henson stands and applauds her for the win because she knows that history has just been made. Viola and Taraji engage a hug that to me means, “We did it, we made it.”

Viola then makes her way to the stage to give her speech. She starts off with a quote from Harriet Tubman. She then says, “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.” She gets a lot of applause from the audience after saying that. She then talked a little bit more and ended her speech thanking black actresses like Taraji P. Henson, Kerry Washington, and Gabrielle Union, for what they have done for black women today in the television world.

This moment was beautiful and history was made. I can’t believe that someone would try to take this moment away from Viola Davis. General Hospital actress Nancy Lee Grahn had a lot to say on Twitter about Viola and her acceptance speech.

Some of Grahn’s tweets:

“I wish I loved #ViolaDavis Speech, but I thought she should have let @shondarhimes write it. #Emmys”

— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) September 21, 2015

 

“@JanvierNoir Harriet Tubman not equivalent to great roles Viola Davis hired 2play. She’s made millions. It is unfair comparison.”

— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) September 21, 2015

 

And here is one of her tweets that she deleted but Buzzfeed was able to save.

 

“Im a f**king actress for 40 yrs. None of us get respect or opportunity we deserve. Emmys not venue 4 racial opportunity. ALL women belittled”

 

Yes everyone has their First Amendment right to freedom of speech but the things Nancy was saying were not done during the right time or context. She was rude and disrespectful toward Viola Davis. Since she did something so dramatic over social media, she of course got negative backlash. The negative backlash probably led to this apology Grahn tweeted:

 

“I apologize for my earlier tweets and now realize I need to check my own privilege. My intention was not to take this historic and important moment from Viola Davis or other women of color but I realize that my intention doesn’t matter here because that is what I ended up doing. I learned a lot tonight and I admit that there are still some things I don’t understand but I am trying to and will let this be a learning experience for me.”

— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) September 21, 2015

 

It may be safe to say that Grahn learned her lesson and will probably never make that mistake. Either way, Viola Davis made history on September 20th, 2015 and for that I congratulate her and hope that no one will ever take that moment and feeling away from her.

The Dress

Recently, a Scottish musician and college student by the name of Caitlin McNeill posted a picture of a dress on her Tumblr that would spark a craze across the Internet. Time  was a bit hasty in their response, stating that “the Internet officially broke ” as everyone from your mother to Taylor Swift to politicians began taking sides on the issue.

McNeill’s infamous post was captioned “guys please help me — is this dress white and gold, or blue and black? Me and my friends can’t agree and we are freaking the fuck out.”

Too bad that the poll of public opinion couldn’t help the girl out as the hashtag #TheDress began to pop up on social media, with both confused and vehement camps for “white and gold” or “blue and black” being established.

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“guys please help me — is this dress white and gold, or blue and black? Me and my friends can’t agree and we are freaking the fuck out.”

BuzzFeed grabbed onto the trend pretty quickly and broke the latest updates and arguments with the ferocity of breaking news updates a la Fox News. Their success in garnering viewership from this was so great that #TheDress was credited in site issues, as BuzzFeed’s own Tom Gara tweeted, “Great work everyone, we broke BuzzFeed.”

Now that the buzz has died down on this whole dress debacle and we’ve got proof that the dress is indeed black and blue, why were we seeing such different colors?

According to Duje Tadin, an associate professor for brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester, it may be the variations in the number of photoreceptors in the retina of our eyes that perceive the color blue. Our eyes have about six million of these photoreceptors that are sensitive to green, red or blue and send signals to our brain that interprets them as the colors we perceive.

“It’s puzzling,” Tadin said in reference to the #TheDress. “When it comes to color, blue is always the weird one. We have the fewest number of blue cones.” He added, “If you don’t have very many blue cones, you may see it as white, or if you have plenty of blue cones, you may see more blue.”

Science Daily had their own way of interpreting the excitement, stating that “the wavelength composition of the light reflected from an object changes considerably in different conditions of illumination. Nevertheless, the color of the object remains the same.” Basically, since the offending photo was taken in lighting with a blue hue, it may have caused the blues in the dress to reflect a white color.

Makes you wonder: do you see the same colors as the next person? How much of what we see can we say for certain is the same as the next person’s perception of the same image?

If you’re uncomfortable with this article, I’m uncomfortable with you

I’ve been looking at a lot of popular online magazines to see what makes them so popular. One of the publications I’ve been keeping up with was Upworthy. It’s a left-leaning, self-described “social media with a mission: to make stuff as viral as a video of some idiot surfing off of his roof.” It sounds like a noble mission statement, but Upworthy takes it a step too far. Continue reading If you’re uncomfortable with this article, I’m uncomfortable with you