Source: Washington Post
By Sarah A. Harvard
September 20, 2017 at 6:00 a.m. EDT
The biggest headlines out of Sunday’s Emmy Awards involved the diversity among the winners, particularly all the firsts for African Americans and South Asian Muslims in entertainment.
While fans celebrated the first African Americans to win for comedy directing and writing (Donald Glover for “Atlanta” and Lena Waithe for “Master of None”) and the first South Asian Muslim to win for acting (Riz Ahmed for “The Night Of”), fewer took notice of the historic firsts emerging among Hollywood’s African American Muslims.
Earlier in the week, comedian Dave Chappelle — who converted to Islam nearly 20 years ago — won a Creative Arts Emmy (guest acting in a comedy series) for his controversial post-election “Saturday Night Live” episode.
Last year, Mahershala Ali, a black Muslim, won an Academy Award in 2017 for best supporting actor in “Moonlight.”
Ali noted that it was a honor for him to be the first Muslim actor to win an Academy Award. “Regardless of one’s theology, as an artist my job is the same — to connect with these characters as deeply as possible,” he said. “I’m just an artist who feels blessed to have the opportunities I have had.”