Entertainment: History Made As Billy Porter Wins Emmy

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Billy Porter has been making a splash over the past year, and at the recently held Emmy’d he made an even bigger splash as he accomplished a historic feat.

Porter took home an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, making him the first openly gay black man to do so. Porter won for his portrayal of the emcee Pray Tell on the hit FX show, Pose.

This newest win is an impressive addition to an already crowded trophy shelf for Porter. He had been awarded a Tony for his portrayal of Lola in Kinky Boots, and a Grammy for the cast recording of the same musical play. Porter now just needs to win an Oscar for him to complete the elusive EGOT — Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. Only 15 people have accomplished this feat, including Rita Moreno, Audrey Hepburn, Whoopi Goldberg, and John Legend.

Porter took his win as an opportunity to quote from James Baldwin’s 1960 essay “They Can’t Turn Back,” saying “it took many years of vomiting up all the filth I’d been taught about myself, and half-believed, before I was able to walk on the earth as if I had a right to be here.”

Check out the complete list of Emmy winners below:

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel 

Writing for a Comedy Series

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag

Director for a Comedy Series

Harry Bradbeer, Fleabag

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Bill Hader, Barry

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag

Outstanding Reality Competition Series

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Patricia Arquette, The Act

Directing for a Limited Series

Johan Renck, Chernobyl

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal

Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama

Craig Mazin, Chernobyl

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Jharrel Jerome, When They See Us

Outstanding Television Movie

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon

Outstanding Limited Series


Writing for a Variety Series

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

Saturday Night Live

Director for a Variety Series

Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Writing for a Drama Series

Jesse Armstrong, Succession

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Julia Garner, Ozark

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Billy Porter, Pose

Directing for a Drama Series

Jason Bateman, Ozark

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Jodie Comer, Killing Eve

Outstanding Comedy Series


Outstanding Drama Series

Game of Thrones

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  1. Derric

    May there be many black boys and men who are inspired to conquer the dual toxicity of racism and homophobia we often experience in this country by positive images like this, self acceptance and self love.

    Represent Brotha Billy!

  2. Tony

    I have been a big fan of his from way back glad to see he’s still going strong this is long over due for a black man to win that award

  3. marc

    Good for him. He is telling quickly the experience of black men in particular black gay men. That narrative is that black men have no value and if your gay, useless. He revolted from that narrative that was giving to him by insecure white men and rose to be who he is today, fabulous. This isn’t affirmative action at work, this is persistence(he’s been around for a while) and hard work paying off. His success will lift up some black gay person somewhere and remind him that he has value and press forward.

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