As last night’s Emmy telecast drew to a close, one thing was glaringly apparent. In 2012, the Emmys didn’t care about black actors. Out of all of the categories, there were three African-Americans nominated. Don Cheadle earned a nomination for his role on “House of Lies” in the Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. He lost his trophy to Louis C.K. Maya Rudolph secured herself a nod for hosting “Saturday Night Live.” She went away empty handed in favor of Kathy Bates. By the end of the show, our only hope was for Idris Elba to win for his deserving portrayal of John Luther on the hit show “Luther.” When he lost, it was made evident black actors are facing another exclusion from the small screen.
The notion black actors are being shut out of acting recognition isn’t something new, however, it’s cemented with this fall’s upcoming television programming season. For all of the new fall shows premiering, only a handful feature black actors. According to Elev8.com‘s report, networks have reverted back to the practice of not creating diverse roles for people of color. Though the bright spot in that dark cloud is Andre Braugher returning to television in ABC’s “Last Resort.” Even though he has been awarded two Emmy statues, it still feels as if the Emmy voters threw him a bone without fully appreciating his work.