Emmys 2021: Rooting for Everybody Black

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Emmys 2021: Rooting for Everybody Black
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Cedric the Entertainer will be the first Black solo host of the Emmys since Bryant Gumbel hosted the awards in 1997. Tanya Hart spoke with Cedric about the hosting gig and the recognition of Black creative talent.

The 73rd Emmy Awards airs Sunday at 8 PM Eastern on CBS.

Click ▶️ to listen to AURN Entertainment Editor Tanya Hart’s Hollywood Live report:

Nominees of Note:

MJ Rodriguez

Rodriguez makes Emmy history as the first trans actress ever to be nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Pose.

Actor Mj Rodriguez attends FX’s “Pose” third and finale season premiere at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Thursday, April 29, 2021, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Uzo Aduba

Aduba is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for In Treatment.

This May 22, 2019 photo shows actress Uzo Aduba posing for a portrait in Los Angeles to promote the final season of “Orange is the New Black.” The final season will post Friday 26 on Netflix. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Jurnee Smollett

Smollett is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role in Lovecraft Country.

Actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell poses for photographers upon arrival at the world premiere of ‘Birds of Prey’ in London, Wednesday, Jan 29, 2020. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

Regé-Jean Page

Regé-Jean Page is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role in Bridgerton.

Regé-Jean Page attends GQ Men of The Year Awards, Tate Modern, London,Wednesday, Sep. 01, 2021. (AP Photo/Scott Garfitt)

Billy Porter

Porter is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Pose.

Billy Porter arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Jonathan Majors

Jonathan Majors is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role in Lovecraft Country.

This Dec. 2, 2019 photo shows actor Jonathan Majors during a portrait session in New York. Majors was named one of the breakthrough artists of the year by the Associated Press. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP)

Sterling K. Brown

Brown is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for This is Us.

Sterling K. Brown attends the world premiere of “Frozen 2” at the Dolby Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Tracee Ellis Ross

Ross is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in Black-ish.

Tracee Ellis Ross arrives at the Chanel Pre-Oscar Dinner at The Beverly Hills Hotel on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

Anthony Anderson

Anderson is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in Black-ish.

Anthony Anderson attends the premiere of Dave Chappelle’s untitled documentary during the closing night celebration for the 20th Tribeca Festival, at Radio City Music Hall, on Saturday, June 19, 2021, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Kenan Thompson

Thompson is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his work in Saturday Night Live.

Trevor Noah

Noah’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah is nominated for Outstanding Variety Talk Series.

Ru Paul’s Drag Race

The hit series is nominated for Outstanding Competition Program.

EXCLUSIVE – RuPaul Charles winner of the award for outstanding host for a reality or reality-competition program for “RuPaul’s Drag Race” poses for a portrait during night two of the Television Academy’s 2016 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)

Leslie Odom Jr.

The actor is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Anthology Series or a Movie for his role in Hamilton.

Michaela Coel

The actress, writer and producer is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Anthology Series or a Movie for her role in I May Destroy You.

Michaela Coel attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” exhibition on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Cynthia Erivo

Erivo is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Anthology Series or a Movie for her role in Genius: Aretha.

Actress Cynthia Erivo poses for photographers upon arrival at the Bafta Film Awards, in central London, Sunday, April 11 2021. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Barry Jenkins

Jenkins’ The Underground Railroad is nominated for Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series, and Jenkins himself is nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie.

FILE – Filmmaker Barry Jenkins poses for a portrait at the 91st Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Feb. 4, 2019. Jenkins’ latest project, the 10-hour limited series “The Underground Railroad,” premieres Thursday on Amazon. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

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