Selome Hailu Sheryl Lee Ralph won the Emmy award for supporting comedy actress on Monday night. For her work in “Abbott Elementary,” this was not only the veteran actor’s first ever Emmy win, but her first nomination.
Ralph opened her speech by singing “Endangered Species” by Dianne Reeves: “I am an endangered species / But I sing no victim’s song / I am a woman I am an artist / And I know where my voice belongs.” “To anyone who has ever, ever had a dream and thought your dream wasn’t, wouldn’t couldn’t come true, I am here to tell you that this is what believing looks like.
This is what striving looks like. And don’t you ever, ever give up on you. Because if you get a Quinta Brunson in your corner, if you get a husband like mine in your corner, if you get children like mine in your corner, and if you get friends like everybody who voted for me, cheered for me, loved me … thank you, thank you!” More to come…Read more on variety.com