Tony Award Winners: History Made As All Four Musical Acting Honors Go To People Of Color

Published: Monday 13th Jun 2016 by Sam

While the Oscars hit headlines this year for its lack of diversity, Broadway has emerged at the forefront of the move to celebrate talent from all races.

As reported, last night saw the 70th annual Tony Awards air and it brought with it a major milestone.

For, all four honors in the musical acting categories were awarded to actors of color.

Full story below…

Leslie Odom Jr. earned the Best Actor in a leading role in a musical award for his performance in ‘Hamilton’ (which collectively took 11 of its 16 nominations). 

Daveed Diggs was named Best Actor In A Featured Role In a Musical  – also for ‘Hamilton.’

Renée Elise Goldsberry took home Best Actress In A Featured Role In a Musical for…you guessed it…’Hamilton.’

Our girl Cynthia Erivo received the award for Best Actress In A Leading Role In A Musical for ‘The Color Purple.’


A major achievement and a major statement. Talent from all walks of life should receive a fair chance for their work to be recognised. Hopefully this advances the walk towards a more inclusive entertainment industry.

Congrats all round! [Click here to see the full list of winners!]

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  1. ?+✈=? June 13, 2016

    Thats racist? No white people won!

    • Kayla C June 13, 2016

      Are you uneducated?

    • ?+✈=? June 13, 2016

      So proud of white people for not crying over awards

  2. ?+✈=? June 13, 2016

    No whites crying over this mess

    • Danzou June 13, 2016

      Because they haven’t had to for over 400 years so shut your f****** mouth.

      • OMG Logic!!! June 13, 2016

        History extends back farther than 400 years sweety. Get over it.

  3. #JACKIE June 13, 2016

    Melanin on fleek. SLAY!

  4. Danzou June 13, 2016

    So proud of people of color.

  5. Yeee June 13, 2016

    Daveed Diggs is really attractive

  6. Del June 13, 2016

    Congrats to all!

  7. What Now June 13, 2016

    About time

  8. Dev June 13, 2016

    I’m annoyed! My comment went to moderation for congratulating the winners and never appeared!
    Who decides what is posted and when is congratulating deemed offensive?

  9. LB June 13, 2016

    Eww black people are disgusting… except Rihanna.

    • Reddish tran ivy blokz Need UK timelyyouyi June 14, 2016

      You are disgusting hater busted potato egg uneducated

  10. OMG Logic!!! June 13, 2016

    So it’s fair ONLY when Black people win every single major award?

  11. Reddish tran ivy blokz Need UK timelyyouyi June 14, 2016

    Congrats to them all

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