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Watch Uzo Aduba Speak After Winning An Emmy For 'Orange Is The New Black'

Nigerian-American actress Uzo Aduba of Orange Is The New Black wins the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.


Nigerian-American actress Uzo Aduba emerged victorious this past weekend after winning an Emmy for her portrayal of lovable oddball Suzanne 'Crazy Eyes' Warren on the hit Netflix series Orange is The New Black. Aduba, who celebrated her first nomination and win, beat out co-stars Laverne Cox and Natasha Lyonne to nab the award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, the first black woman to do so since the category was created in 1989.

Though Aduba initially read for the role of sporty Litchfield inmate Janae, she was called back by the show's casting director to audition for the breakout role of Crazy Eyes, a move that proved its prescience with the win on Saturday night. Speaking candidly at an exit interview minutes after receiving the golden statuette, a visibly emotional Aduba expounded on the significance of her mother's presence during the historic moment:

"It means everything to me. We're talking about a woman who survived polio, a woman who survived civil war and genocide and sacrificed so much to come to the United States for her five children to have a chance.[...] My mom named me Uzoamaka which means 'the road is good' because the road indeed was a good one despite its challenges for her."

Watch Aduba's backstage interview with the press where she talks more about getting ready for the big ceremony, and her experience working with show creator Jenji Kohan below. The Creative Arts Emmy will be telecast on primetime television on August 25th.

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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