This embrace by 'Atlanta' black male stars was the Golden Globes' most powerful moment

Source: AP
Source: AP

The most powerful moment of Sunday night's Golden Globe Awards wasn't a speech. It was an embrace by Atlanta stars Brian Tyree Henry and Lakeith Stanfield during Donald Glover's acceptance speech for best actor in a TV series, musical or comedy.


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Atlanta, a show created by and starring Glover, is unquestionably written by and for black people. The show won the award for the best TV series comedy, a remarkable achievement for one of the year's breakout hits. Along the way, it's changed what's possible for black writers in TV and the characters who appear on screen — characters who can be complex and hilarious.

Twitter users were loving the embrace, too.


The cast of "Atlanta" at the 2017 Golden Globes
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In that one embrace, two of the show's stars added another layer to the show's success. It proved that there's bravery and brilliance in showing that black men can be vulnerable and intimate. And that, yes, they're artists worthy of Hollywood's highest recognitions. 

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Jamilah King

Jamilah King is a senior staff writer at Mic. She was previously an editor at Colorlines.

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