Maya Rudolph Becomes Third Black Winner with Consecutive Emmy Wins

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Maya Rudolph scores another win for Black women in media as she becomes the third Black woman in media to win back-to-back Emmy awards.  

Maya Rudolph has solidified her status as a top comedic actress in Hollywood and helped elevate African American culture by becoming the first person to win back-to-back awards at the 2021 Emmys for the same category. Rudolph was the third women of color to ever win two consecutive Emmys. 

Awards shows have received criticism over the years for a lack of diversity. Recently, the public has become adamant about getting more representation included amongst nominees, winners, presenters and voters. 

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Rudolph was caught off guard when she found out about her recent success backstage at the ceremony.  

“Wow that’s amazing! I feel honored to be part of something like that,” she said. “I feel like this Emmy is very fitting in that it’s for something that feels like such a personal achievement. It’s for hosting my childhood love and dream and at a place in my life I finally realized it’s what I do best, and what makes me happiest when I perform. I feel really honored that I’m part of a legacy as the third woman of color to achieve that.” 

Rudolph was awarded an Emmy for her appearances on Saturday Night Live in 2020 and 2021. She performed on SNL in 2020 as Vice President Kamala Harris and hosted an episode in 2021. Her other Emmy award was for her role of Connie the Hormone Monstress in the animated series Big Mouth.

Although this is only the third time a woman of color was able to accomplish this fete, hopefully this will move the needle forward for the representation of people of color in media. The first Black woman to win consecutive Emmy awards was Regina King, and she won for roles in American Crime in 2015 and 2016. The other Black woman to win back-to-back Emmys is Uzo Aduba for her character Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in the show Orange is the New Black

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