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Women We Love: Uzo Aduba

Women We Love: Uzo Aduba

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    Oct 07, 2015   Author : admin

We’ve all seen that outstanding speech Uzo Aduba gave at the 2015 Emmy Awards, winning her second straight Emmy for the role of Suzanne ‘Crazy Eyes’ Warren on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black (if you haven’t seen the speech – go google it ASAP). 

Last year, Uzo won as Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, and this year she was upgraded to a Supporting Actress in a Drama. 

The same night, Viola Davis also gave a fabulous speech after becoming the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama. 

"The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that simply aren't there," Viola Davis said. And it’s true for both Viola and Aduba. 

Viola’s acceptance speech clearly indicated how essential it is to create opportunities for different stories to be told. People who go to the movies or watch TV want to recognize themselves in the characters. You cannot avoid diverse stories, as you would then miss opportunities.

When an opportunity is merged with true talent, a powerful story is born no matter what race, sexual orientation or gender the story is portrayed by. And this year’s Emmys was the proof of that. 

Uzo’s speech, which will remain in our hearts for long, was full of gratefulness and genuine emotion. Hearing her voice break when she thanked all those people, who had made Orange Is the New Black possible, she allowed us to immerse ourselves into the world where everything is possible and every opportunity matters.

And it seems like Uzo is doing her best to make the world a place where everything is possible. In April this year, she ran 26.2 miles as part of the 119th Boston Marathon to raise money for research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The marathon raised almost $11,000 

Uzo has a long history with cancer in her family: “I have an aunt who is currently fighting breast cancer, an aunt who passed away from leukemia, and a cousin who passed away -- it will be 2 years ago this October,” Uzo told WebMD Magazine. “I ran for all of them, but leading the pack is a very dear family friend who passed away from breast cancer this past October. She was a great, great lady.”

When asked about how had she prepared herself for the marathon, Uzo said that “you have to get your mind and your physical being ready to be able to tackle that distance and, more important, to be able to run consistently through that distance.”

And what did she eat to complete such an exhausting marathon? According to her, she did not change her diet, and added that she eats a lot of fish, greens and egg whites in the morning as well as grains.

Women like Uzo deserve Emmys. Not only is she an outstanding actress, but also a caring and loving person. If Uzo keeps doing what she is doing, and keeps giving speeches like that, Emmy viewers will support her to keep on winning Emmys for years to come. 


Images: | MYC Writer: Polina Tikhonova

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