Daytime Emmys: Mishael Morgan becomes the first black woman to win a leading role in a drama

The young and the restlessMishael Morgan made history for Daytime Emmys Friday night, becoming the first black woman to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime Dramafor her role as Amanda Sinclair.

Morgan originally played Hilary Curtis on CBS, but quit in 2018 due to failed contract negotiations; Hilary, in turn, died in a car accident. A year later Morgan returned to Y&R as Hilary’s twin sister Amanda.

“I don’t do anything in my life without thinking about God first,” Morgan said at the beginning of her emotional Emmy speech. “I thank you very much…. This is epic.”

Morgan went on to thank her parents, her sisters, and the husband “I dragged here” [to L.A.] and who made me work and follow my dream’, as well as the agent ‘who met me years ago and believed in me when I didn’t believe myself and myself’.

Morgan then took a moment to acknowledge, “I’m in shock…” before thanking the hardworking crews of daytime dramas, then delving into the meaning of her win.

“I am so very proud of our generation. We are breaking glass ceilings left, right and center,” she said. “I am so honored to be a vessel and experience this moment, and it is because of everyone out there today to prove to the world that we can and we shall do this thing called equality and unity together

Finally, she shared: “I was born on a small island, Trinidad and Tobago, in the Caribbean, and now I am on an international stage and I am honored regardless of the color of my skin, regardless of my passport, because I have the am best at what i do And now there are little girls all over the world and they see another step forward and know that no matter the industry, no matter the calling, no matter what, they can strive to be the best at what not only can they achieve it, but they will be celebrated before.”

Check out our full list of Friday’s winners here.

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