The Emmy Awards are a celebration of television’s best and brightest, but 2020’s ceremony was marked by its focus on politics and social justice issues. Nominees used the event to highlight the upcoming election, ongoing protests, and the injustice of police brutality. For Mrs. America star Uzo Aduba, she was inspired by her on-screen character to use the night to honor Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black emergency medical technician who was killed by police in her home on March 13. 

Uzo Aduba played Shirley Chisholm — the first African-American woman to be elected to Congress and run for president — in the miniseries, and found herself thinking about what the pioneering politician would do if given the platform of the Emmy Awards. “It became very important to me and everyone involved to try and carry the spirit of Shirley into the space,” she shared post-show. “Shirley…

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