Sunday night marked a night of firsts for black comedians at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards.
First, Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, took home the award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for the episode titled “B.A.N.” on his mega-hit show Atlanta. Glover made history by being the first black director to win an Emmy in that category.
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That was the talented comedian’s first Emmy but it wouldn’t be his last.
Glover also took home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role of Earnest “Earn” Marks in Atlanta as well.
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It was the first time in 32 years that a person of color had won the award. The last was Robert Guillaume, who took home the Emmy in 1985 for his work in the sitcom Benson.
Glover was nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy and Outstanding Comedy Series for Atlanta as well, but wasn’t able to nab that one.
a moment of appreciation for Donald Glover's purple tux with the little yellow pocket square 😍😍😍 pic.twitter.com/hQSB0uVVdg
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That’s where the third part of the history-making night came in.