Here are the 4 black actors who won for Best Musical Performance at the Tony Awards
In stark contrast to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, the Tony Awards ceremony on Sunday, Jun. 12, honoring exemplary live Broadway productions and performances, awarded black actors for all four best musical performances categories
Here's a run-down on the talented winners:
1. Cynthia Erivo won Best Lead Actress in a Musical for her performance as Celie in The Color Purple.
The British Nigerian singer-songwriter and actress honed her craft at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She has also garnered much praise for her performance as Sister Mary Clarence in the UK tour of Sister Act.
2. Leslie Odom Jr. won best lead actor for his role as Aaron Burr in the musical Hamilton.Odom made his stage debut at 17 years old in the role of Paul in the Broadway musical Rent. He also starred as Isaiah Sturdevant in Leap of Faith and appeared in the ensemble of the one-night Broadway concert version of Dreamgirls
3. Daveed Diggs won best featured actor in a musical for his role as Thomas Jefferson in Hamilton.The African-American Jewish actor/musician took home a Grammy this year for his live musical performance in the role
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4. Renée Elise Goldsberry won best featured actress for her role as Angelica Schuyler Church in Hamilton.The Color Purple
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