African Americans Who Should’ve Received Golden Globes

By: Michael Arceneaux

Awards season is upon us, which means in addition to seeing what’s considered the best of film and television be honored, people like me have to remind those that don’t know any better that racial minorities are doing some pretty great things, too, dammit. The first big awards show this season is The Golden Globes and while this year’s awards show is a bit more diverse in its nominees than in years past, much like the American government, this show owes the Blacks some reparations.

With that in mind, here’s a list of a few actors and shows that should’ve been afforded some recognition for their good work, but The Hollywood Foreign Press Association ignored. Send your hate mail to them, not me. I didn’t do it.

Tichina Arnold: Everybody Hates Chris

Tichina Arnold is one of the best comedic actresses of her generation, and yet, she has never been nominated at any of the bigger award shows for her contributions. Of all her great TV roles – including Martin and Survivor’s Remorse on Starz – arguably her best, or at the very least, most unappreciated role is Rochelle on Everybody Hates Chris.

The show itself deserved far more recognition than it ever received, but Arnold’s role as the matriarch on the sitcom based on the life of Chris Rock was phenomenal.

Tracee Ellis Ross: Girlfriends, Black-ish

The role of Rainbow on Black-ish could have easily been forgettable if not for the comedic chops of Diana Ross’ daughter. And frankly, if Sarah Jessica Parker could have been honored for playing Carrie Bradshaw’s annoying ass, so could Ross for crazy ass Joan Clayton.

Michael K. Williams: The Wire and Boardwalk Empire

Michael K. Williams was fantastic on both these HBO dramas, but he didn’t get the acknowledgment for either of his standout performances. I’d say Omar should pistol whip those have smitten thee, but I’m not going to advocate violence in this space.

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