Andra Day has recently won a Golden Globe for her role as Billie Holiday and is incredibly grateful for being recognised for her work during the Black Women Film Network 2021 Summit.
Andra was awarded the ‘On Her Shoulders Preservation Award’ during the Black Women Film Network 2021 Summit. She graciously accepted the award, thanking the non-profit organisation for recognising her hard work in The United States Vs. Billie Holiday.
“Thank you for recognising and honouring the work that we put into this, to continue to push Black women’s narratives forward, to continue to uncover Black women’s narratives.”
“This award is more special to me because of our community, because of our family, because of who we are. And to just know that I have the support and that Black women were moved by the film and felt they were represented, and felt that they were seen… I think that has everything to do with Billie Holiday’s legacy.”
This award has come not even a week after Andra won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama award for her performance in the same role. This makes her the second-ever Black Actress to win the category and the first to win it in 35 years.
This was Andra’s first Golden Globe win, and she was also nominated for Best Original Song alongside Raphael Saadiq for Tigress & Tweed, which comes from the film.
Andra has become the category’s first Black winner since Whoopi Goldberg, who was the first Black Actress to win the award in 1986.
Halle Berry is known for losing the category for Monster’s Ball but ended up winning the Oscar in 2002. Angela Bassett, who was a presenter at the show, was the last Black Actress to win Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical, which she won back in 1994.
The Black Women Film Network is the oldest non-profit organisation that focuses on preparing Black women in the Film, Television, and new media industries. It has honoured many noteworthy names within the industry including Andra Day, Debra L. Lee, Rikki Hughes, Mikki Turner, Courtney Neal and Denise Armstrong during its annual BWFN Summit.
This year’s theme at the Summit was ‘The Revolution Will Be Digitised: Black Women Leading in New Spaces as Multi-hyphenate Creators.’
It was presented by Cvent, and celebrated Black women in the Arts and Entertainment Industry whilst featuring master classes, seminars and activities that continue to connect key industry leaders with aspiring entertainment professionals. Many of the featured speakers represented brands that included ColorCreative, BET, WME, NBCUniversal, WarnerMedia, Netflix, Tyler Perry Studios, CNN, and Starz.
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Written by Ashley Riordan