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Ghanaian and British born actress Michaela Coel, 33 has made history for being the first Black woman to win the Emmy award for outstanding writing for a limited series, movie or dramatic special at this year’s 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards show.

The actress looked stunning in a yellow ensemble and she owned the room with her charisma and grace, when she picked up the award for her hit series “I May Destroy You” which was inspired by her experience of being a survivor of sexual assault. In Coel’s poignant acceptance speech she said, “thank you so much, I just wrote a little something for writers really. Write the tale that scares you, that makes you feel uncertain, that isn’t comfortable, I dare you.” Coel dedicated her award to all the survivors of sexual assault.

One fan commented on the YouTube platform, “I May Destroy You, helped me find pieces of myself I thought were gone forever. Michael Coel is a healer, an artist and a powerhouse!”

Also, Coel bravely turned down a $1 million deal with Netflix to make the series with them. It was reported that she tried to retain at least 5 percent copyright, but Netflix bosses did not agree to it, so she declined the offer. 

She then pitched the series idea to the BBC, and she got everything is asked for including full creative control and rights to the work. 

The talented AfroGlobal actress is also a director, producer, screen writer and singer and best known for starring in the E4 sitcom “Chewing Gum” which gained her a BAFTA award for Best Female Comedy Performance.

Coel has proven that dreams really do come true and she is so inspirational to Black women who are budding writers and to sexual assault survivors, with her dedication and honesty. She has shown that it is ok to say no to work offers that may come your way, in order to pursue what is right and just for you in the end. Well done Michaela Coel on winning your Emmy Award and keep rising and going from strength to strength. 

 

Chantelle Lewis-Oriogun

Head Editor

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