Sheryl stole the show.
Abbott Elementary breakout star Sheryl Lee Ralph, 65, won gold for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and celebrated her first Emmys win with a powerful song of self-praise.
“I am an endangered species. I am a woman. I am an artist. And I know where my voice belongs,” blared the little screen siren to an audience of adoring fans and peers. The song contained lyrics from the song “Endangered Species” by Dianne Reeves.
Ralph made history on Monday as the second black woman to win the category, following Jackie Harry’s win for NBC’s “227” in 1987.
“To anyone who’s ever had a dream and thought your dream didn’t come true, wouldn’t, couldn’t come true, I’m here to tell you that’s what faith looks like,” Ralph encouraged as she grabbed her trophy Proud.
Ralph shines as the no-nonsense, experienced educator Mrs. Barbara Howard in Abbott Elementary, who received seven nods at the awards.
“This is what striving looks like. And never, ever give up,” she continued. “Because when you have a Quinta Brunson in your corner, when you have a husband like mine in your corner, when you have kids like mine in your corner and when you have friends like everyone who voted for me, cheered for me , loved me.”
“Thank you, thank you, thank you,” Ralph said. Her children, Etienne Maurice, 30, and Ivy-Victoria Maurice, 27, shared a loving hug as she accepted her well-deserved award.
Actress Jackée Harry, 66 – who won in the same category for her comedic performance on the sitcom 227 in 1987 and reigned as the only African American woman to ever receive the honor – congratulated Ralph on joining her in the winners’ circle.
“Winning my Emmy was a career highlight, but it was also a lonely experience,” Harry tweeted. “I’ve been for 35 years the only black woman to win Outstanding Supporting Actresses in a Comedy Series. But that changes tonight… and we’ve come full circle! #Emmys.”
Ralph gave special credit to Abbott Elementary mastermind Quinta Brunson, 32, who was nominated for this year’s Emmys. She’s already made history as the first black woman to receive three Emmy nominations in the comedy categories.
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