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The 2012 Emmy Awards aired last night and one thing was very clear underneath the flowing gowns and hair-sprayed tresses, black people don’t have a prominent presence at the annual award show. Don Cheadle, Loretta Divine, Maya Rudolph and Idris Elba were the only four African-Americans from television sitcoms to be nominated and none of them won anything!

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Kerry Washington–star of ABC show “Scandal”– didn’t let that deter her from showing up and showing out in a sparkling Vivienne Westwood blush sequin gown that stole everyone’s eye.

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