Let me start by saying I started watching the 2017 Emmy’s about a half hour after they started, but am still able to serve up a quality review. Being late does not equal Black, but cutting to the good part is a valuable part of my African-Americanness. The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (real name, no gimmicks) were laced with more progressive moments than the insurance company, and for it, did not lack in entertainment.

There is an undeniable link between homogeneous awards shows and complete boredom see: #oscarssowhite. The diversity was beautiful, from so many women winning, to Lena Waithe’s tear-inducing speech (though Elizabeth Moss may have literally been crying all night). Even deeper, I grew up in Rev. Jeremiah Wrights church in Chicago, a shrine to unapologetic Blackness, these are 5 times the show was at its peak urban/cookout/A Different World/Soul Food/Black apex.

5. Issa “Im Rooting for Everybody Black” Rae: The night could not have started off righter than when the “Insecure” creator said what Black folks have been thinking about every award show since the beginning of us being nominated. She embodied, and BODIED the essence of what support from Black women means to our community. Everybody wants a Black woman friend, and this is why.

4. Cicely Tyson checks Anika Noni Rose

While Presenting the award for Outstanding Limited Series to Big Little Lies, Queen Cicely was taking a little extra time to get the envelope out of her coin purse. In a moment of support that every Black grandchild has experienced, Rose tried to help her along, to which Tyson checked her with a quick “alright!” while still rummaging through her metaphorical satchel. It was cute, as everyone watching, including Rose, was taken back to those childhood grocery store runs with Granny.

3. Sterling K. Brown has an Old Dirty Bastard moment

Ok so, I haven/t been watching “This is Us” but I believe I have to at this point, because Sterling K. Brown, after accepting the award for lead actor in a drama series, gave a supreme homage to Blackness, including referring to the statue as a “joint” and himself as “ya boy”, figuratively saying “screw the DJ” and finishing his speech through the music and even backstage, and finally, getting less time than a white woman (Nicole Kidman was not played off) for doing the same job. Here’s more.

2. Donald Glover is his usual awkward/Real AF self

So, it goes without saying that “Atlanta” is an amazing show. One of the best things has been watching Donald Glover accept recognition for it. It all started with him shouting out Migos’ “Bad and Boujee” at the Golden Globes. Last nights victory for “best lead in a comedic series” served several purposes: He killed it in the purple tuxedo, he called out Trump and institutional racism after winning best director of a comedy for the first time in Black history, and he collected an award that hadn’t been given to a Black dude since 1985 to you-know-who. Thanks Donald (the only Donald we acknowledge), the healing continues.

1.Everything that is Lena Waithe

Lena Waithe, so Chicago, so LBGTQIA, so funny, and so fly. You NEED this type of diversity at every award show, not just because it’s entertaining, but because they are deserving, and its educational. I didn’t know about the “IA” until watching her awesome moment, taking home the award for writing in comedy. Black people and Indian people have a long history of tense interactions at our corner stores and us being passed by cab after cab. Seeing her and Aziz Ansari on stage together shining was a watershed moment that doesnt erase the past, but gives some hope for the future. Also, in the words of Kanye, win or lose, she made sure she was “best dressed”