Tonys’ recognition of diverse talent is a worthy response for the #OscarsSoWhite controversy.
The 70th Annual Tony Awards made history on Sunday night when it announced the musical acting category awards and they were all black actors: Leslie Odom, Jr. (lead actor), Daveed Diggs (featured actor) and Renée Elise Goldsberry (featured actress) from ‘Hamilton’; and Cynthia Erivo (lead actress) from ‘The Color Purple’.
James Corden, the host of the awards, made a very significant comment in comparison with the Oscars.
“Think of tonight’s show like the Oscars, but with diversity,” said Corden.
“There is so much diversity on Broadway right now,” Tony Award winner Daveed Diggs told Variety magazine. “It’s nice to have it feeling a little more mainstream and a lot more inclusive.” It’s our only hope that the results of these awards will be the pivot of change not only for Broadway but for awards shows as a whole.
We want to congratulate the winners especially the four, who have made all Blacks proud. The fact will always remain that when it comes to entertainment, Black actors are not less gifted than white and no amount of intimidation by the white Oscars with its prejudiced jury would put their flames off.
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