But in giving Davis the award, the Atlantic argued, the Emmys weren't just rewarding a talented actress for a job well done, they were rewarding diversity that Hollywood has been slow to embrace — a small but important step forward.
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"The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity," Davis added. "You cannot win Emmys with roles that are simply not there."
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