As Hollywood came together to celebrate the past year in TV for last night’s Emmy Awards, some stars used the opportunity to pay tribute to the movement for racial justice marching across the country, and to bring awareness to the Black lives lost to police brutality.
A few drew attention to Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old emergency medical technician from Louisville, who was shot and killed by police during a raid at her home in March. More than six months after her killing, cries for justice continue with people calling for the cops involved in Taylor’s shooting to be ousted and arrested. (To date, only one of the three officers has been fired.) Just last week, the city of Louisville paid Taylor’s family $12 million in a settlement, but protesters continue to push for actual accountability.
At this year’s Emmys, Taylor’s advocates included Regina King and Uzo Aduba, and even more guests nodded to the Black Lives Matter movement as a whole.
The Watchmen star, who won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, accepted her trophy from her couch while wearing a T-shirt printed with Taylor’s face and the phrase “Say Her Name.” The top, by the brand Phenomenal, also read “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor” on the back.
Aduba, who won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her portrayal of Shirley Chisholm in Mrs. America, also accepted her award while wearing a Breonna Taylor T-shirt.
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