September 13, 2022

Sheryl Lee Ralph Shines at the 2022 Emmy Awards

Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph received a standing ovation after she gave her acceptance speech at the 2022 Emmy Awards last night, Monday 12 September.

Known for portraying as Barbara Howard in the workplace comedy, “Abbott Elementary”, Ralph won her first Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, making her only the second black woman to win the award after Jackée Harry earned the title in 1987 for her role in “227”.

As Ralph took the stage in clear shock, the audience at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, California greeted her with thunderous applause.

In response, the actress’ impressive vocals filled the room as she sang Dianne Reeves’ “Endangered Species” to an entranced audience: “I am an endangered species. But I sing no victim’s song. I am a woman. I am an artist. And I know where my voice belongs.”

Continuing in her speaking voice, Ralph said: “Anyone who has ever, ever had a dream and thought your dream wasn’t, wouldn’t, couldn’t come true, I am here to tell you that this is what believing looks like. This is what striving looks like. And don’t you ever, ever give up on you.”

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