I got all choked up watching the NAACP Image awards a few weeks ago. For me, seeing Diahann Carroll present the President's Award to Kerry Washington took me back to why I fell in love with this business and why I am blessed to be celebrating 36-years as a television producer-director.
First off let me say, I absolutely love what Shondra Rhimes and Kerry Washington have created with the ABC hit drama "Scandal." There's a sense of pride beyond belief over the success of that show. Seeing Diahann Carroll walk out on the stage for the presentation reminded me of the pride I felt as a 13-year old boy watching Julia Baker (Carroll) and her young son Corey Baker (Marc Copage) hit the screen every week.
The show began in 1968 and ran until 1971. That's a lifetime by today's television programming standards. Watching Julia was the first time I saw people who looked like my family. The storylines inspired me and reflected my life, and made a lasting impression on not only the black community but the white community as well. There was no doubt that it helped to break down barriers of intolerance and bigotry.
In her acceptance speech, Kerry Washington said something that made me proud too. She said, and I quote:
"Just as we must ensure that 'We the People' includes all Americans, regardless of race, class, gender and sexual orientation, we must also work to ensure that the stories we tell, the movies we make, the television we produce, the theater we stage, the novels we publish are inclusive in all those same ways."
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