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The Emmy nominations were announced Thursday, and the Black star power was shining bright like a diamond. Thirty Black folks got nominations, from RuPaul’s Drag Race to Atlanta to Black-ish. 

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There were also first-time nominees like Kenan Thompson, who finally got some love for Saturday Night Live after more than a decade. Tiffany Haddish received her first nomination for Saturday Night Live, and Issa Rae grabbed her first performer nomination for Insecure. Also, up-and-coming actor Melvin Jackson Jr. received a nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series for his role in This Eddie Murphy Role is Mine, Not Yours. See the full list below — courtesy in part of The Root. We counted 31 nominees!

  • Regina King – Seven Seconds
  • John Legend – Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Anthony Anderson – Black-ish
  • Donald Glover – Atlanta & Saturday Night Live
  • Issa Rae – Insecure
  • Tracee Ellis Ross – Black-ish
  • Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us & Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Jeffrey Wright – Westworld
  • RuPaul – RuPaul’s Drag Race & RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked
  • Trevor Noah – The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
  • Samira Wiley – The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Chloe Arnold – The Late Late Show With James Corden
  • Thandie Newton – Westworld
  • Zazie Beetz – Atlanta
  • Leslie Jones – Saturday Night Live
  • Tituss Burgess – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Brian Tyree Henry – Atlanta
  • Kenan Thompson – Saturday Night Live
  • Letitia Wright – Black Museum (Black Mirror)
  • Viola Davis – Scandal
  • Cicely Tyson – How to Get Away With Murder
  • Ron Cephas Jones – This Is Us
  • Tiffany Haddish – Saturday Night Live
  • Maya Rudolph – The Good Place
  • Wanda Sykes – Black-ish
  • Katt Williams – Atlanta
  • W. Kamau Bell – United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell
  • Dave Chappelle – Equanimity
  • Melvin Jackson Jr – This Eddie Murphy Role is Mine, Not Yours
  • Brandon Victor Dixon – Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Adina Porter – American Horror Story: Cult

Also, a shout out to Sandra Oh who became the first woman of Asian descent to be nominated for a lead actress Emmy for her role in BBC America’s Killing Eve.

The Emmys will air on September 17. All that said, we are still mad Queen Sugar got no love.


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