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Michael Che’s “Reparations Emmys” gives black TV legends their due

It will be hard to top this one.

Michael Che’s “Reparations Emmys” gives black TV legends their due
[Photo: courtesy of Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC]
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The Emmys opened with a jaunty number giving false praise to the TV industry for “fixing” that nagging diversity problem. Co-host Micheal Che doubled-down on the show’s theme of diversity–i.e., the industry’s lack thereof–with a skit honoring the black TV legends who never won an Emmy. Che swooped in to give props to the likes of Jaleel White for being the “O.G. black nerd” as Steven Urkel on Family Matters who paved the way for Donald Glover’s character on Atlanta; and Kadeem Hardison from A Different World for inspiring young black men to go to college.

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Enjoy your Reparations Emmys, legends.

Marla Gibbs – The Jeffersons

Jimmy Walker – Good Times

Kadeem Hardison – A Different World

Jaleel White – Family Matters

John Witherspoon – The Wayans Bros.

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KC covers entertainment and pop culture for Fast Company. Previously, KC was part of the Emmy Award-winning team at "Good Morning America," where he was the social media producer.

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