Zendaya Becomes First Black Woman to Win Lead Actress In a Drama EMMY Twice

Published: Monday 12th Sep 2022 by Rashad

Two years after making history for becoming the youngest lead actress to ever collect a trophy in EMMYs’ drama category (as we reported here), ‘Euphoria’ star Zendaya must be in just that after repeating the feat at the award show’s 2022 ceremony.


Monday night (September 12), the 26-year-old – who portrays “Rue Bennett” on the hit HBO series – bested Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve”), Laura Linney (“Ozark”), Melanie Lynskey (“Yellowjackets”), Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”), and Reese Witherspoon (“The Morning Show”) to take home the EMMY for Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

By doing so, she not only becomes the first Black woman to win lead actress in a drama series twice but also the youngest two-time winner of any EMMY in history.

She joins an exclusive list of ladies who can say they’ve taken the trophy home more than once over their TV careers including Tyne Daly and Michael Learned (4 wins each), Barbara Bain, Kathy Baker, Edie Falco, Loretta Young (3 wins each), and Glenn Close, Claire Danes, Dana Delany, Sharon Gless, Susan Hampshire, Allison Janney, Julianna Margulies, Barbara Stanwyck, Sela Ward, Patricia Wettig, and Jane Wyatt (2 wins each).

In her acceptance speech (as seen above), Zendaya dedicated the triumph to her fellow nominees, the show’s cast, and its fans.

“Hello! This means so much. Thank you, thank you so much. Wow. To all the incredible actresses in this category, I’m so honored to be beside you,” she said. “Thank you to the incredible cast and crew of Euphoria, thank you for making such a safe space to make this very difficult show, I love you all so much.”

Elsewhere, she revealed her true hope for the show’s gripping content is to touch its viewers.

“Lastly, I just wanted to say my greatest wish for Euphoria was that it could help heal people,” Zendaya added. “I just want to say thank you to everyone who has shared their story with me. I want you to know that anyone who has loved a Rue, or feels like they are a Rue. I want you to know that I am so grateful your stories.”

Click here to see the full list of 2022 winners.

[main photo source:  Getty Images]

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  1. Jessica Simpson September 12, 2022

    But she’s not Black…she’s BIRACIAL!

    • King Z September 13, 2022

      So…barack obama, drake, shemar moore, and j. cole are “black” but she’s “biracial.” suuuuuuure

  2. Anonymous September 12, 2022

    BIRACIAL woman

  3. Jhudz September 12, 2022

    Y’all mean First half breed to win it. A black woman still hasn’t won…..

    • Penny4Thoughts September 13, 2022

      Viola Davis Won for HTGAWM

      • Detruth September 13, 2022

        That was an Oscar my dear

      • King Z September 13, 2022

        You can’t win an Oscar for a TV show my dear

  4. Slick September 13, 2022

    She’s black?

    • Kevon September 14, 2022

      Nop she is mix with white and black …

  5. Shayla Queen™ 👑 September 13, 2022

    Black where?

  6. WTF September 13, 2022

    Ugh. So much ignorance in the comment section. Ya’ll look up the One Drop Rule. Zendaya is a black woman…like it or not.

    • Shayla Queen™ 👑 September 13, 2022

      The one drop rule isn’t ignorance? What a fool.

      • Shayla Queen™ 👑 September 13, 2022

        My mom black but my daddy white so I ain’t EVER called myself black chile because I’m not. Or white.

    • WTF September 13, 2022

      Chile get your stupid catfishin self outta my comments. #catfishqueen #ignorantpeasant

      • Shayla Queen™ 👑 September 13, 2022

        Off with you, tramp!

      • Shayla Queen™ 👑 September 13, 2022

        Didn’t have a counter-argument did ya? Because you know the Queen is ALWAYS right! 💯🤳🏽💋

    • WTF September 13, 2022

      You’re dumb. That is all. You don’t understand the one drop rule and I won’t explain it to you hunny.

      • Piper September 13, 2022

        It’s not 1935. One drop rule is antiquated . How is one black if they have a white parent? Zendaya isn’t black or white, she’s biracial. Nothing wrong with that!

      • Shayla Queen™ 👑 September 13, 2022


        Thank you for instilling some sense into this hysterical, nonsensical fishmonger.

      • Shayla Queen™ 👑 September 13, 2022


        Your opinions are outvoted and outdated. Take the L.

        Oooh! It feels soooooo good to win every day!

      • WTF September 13, 2022

        Piper and Shayla..one and the same. You’re ignorant chile. Zendaya’s parents are black and white, but she’s not black OR white? No stupid, she’s black AND white.

      • Shayla Queen™ 👑 September 13, 2022

        The same difference. To be both means you are neither. Dumbass.

      • Shayla Queen™ 👑 September 13, 2022

        Do not try to tell ME what race I am or am not. Ignorant racist p**!

      • WTF September 13, 2022

        You’re black and white hunny. To be both means you’re both. You’re desire to be disassociated from being perceived black is a personal issue dear and doesn’t detract from that fact that you’re a black woman (or man). Drive through certain parts of the south with your parents and see if those rednecks consider you “mixed.” Just ridiculous lol

      • WTF September 13, 2022

        And for the record, Zendaya describes her own self as black, so how dare YOU define who she is. Racist hypocritical p**:


        “As a Black woman, as a light-skinned Black woman, it’s important that I’m using my privilege, my platform to show you how much beauty there is in the African-American community,” she said during a conversation with Bozoma Saint John, Uber’s chief brand officer. “I am Hollywood’s, I guess you could say, acceptable version of a Black girl and that has to change.”


  7. MR LL September 13, 2022

    colourism at its finest…. You can be black but not black enough.

    • Shayla Queen™ 👑 September 13, 2022

      That’s the same as saying you’re considered black because you’re not white enough. You sound stupid.

  8. Tongue’Fcukk September 13, 2022

    She’s biracial but im sure they call her black coz the whites feel superior and cant accept her on top of that her nose tends to belong to blacks, js!

    • Shayla Queen™ 👑 September 13, 2022

      The blacks certainly feel superior and aren’t accepting her either. Just look at the comments.

      • Tongue’Fcukk September 13, 2022

        Ya damn right but they the minority and have no choice but accept her thats why TGJ called her black i guess

  9. marilyn monh-O-E ® 👠(#1 DIVA) September 13, 2022

    Racist people like y’all need to burn in hell💅🏾 Being a mixed race woman is not easy, because of ashy clowns hating us and don’t accepting us because of our light skinned color. That’s why most of my friends are White. They love this Diva, they f u c k e d this Diva coz I can f u c k better than most basic white chocks

    • marilyn monh-O-E ® 👠(#1 DIVA) September 13, 2022

      White chicks💅🏾 Y’all stay jealous of my fabulous light skinned. Thank god my daddy is White😍

    • Shayla Queen™ 👑 September 13, 2022

      Yaaaaaaaaaaas Diva! You know the struggle! I’ve had more hate from dark b****** than white b******!

      • marilyn monh-O-E ® 👠(#1 DIVA) September 13, 2022

        Exactly my Queen 👑 💯 I can tell this site is full of ashy darkie racists h o e s. They ain’t got. S h I t on us, they can’t hold us down 🖕🏿

      • Shayla Queen™ 👑 September 13, 2022

        Couldn’t have said it better myself, my Diva 💯💋

    • Tongue’Fcukk September 13, 2022

      But you both black despite being light skinned lol

      • Shayla Queen™ 👑 September 13, 2022

        In a world when men call themselves women, I call myself white. K?

      • Tongue’Fcukk September 13, 2022

        K…. And let the church say AMEN!!

      • Shayla Queen™ 👑 September 13, 2022

        I have good hair, a small nose and my eyes are light-colored – a light brown/hazel/green.

      • Tongue’Fcukk September 13, 2022

        You literally gat the whole package shayla!

      • marilyn monh-O-E ® 👠(#1 DIVA) September 13, 2022

        You ashy darkie is self hating 💅🏾

  10. Kevon September 14, 2022

    She is not black she is a mix young woman ..yall black people needs to stop acting so desperate… just accept she is black and white ..maybe she get the acting from her white side 🙄

  11. Mids September 22, 2022

    More racism from Amerikkka. Zendaya is biracial. Stop using the racist one drop rule, damn Nazis

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