Last night, the insanely gorgeous cast for Black Panther took home the most prestigious award at the Screen Actors Guild Awards show aka #SAGAwards.
Everyone's favorite King captured the attention of the audience with his acceptance speech - uttering the words "to be young, gifted and Black" - words first made famous in 1965 by Nina Simone.
The ode has since become a call to action for blacks in the creative industries, and it's utterance on the stage last night brought that home even further.
“To be young, gifted and Black - we all know what it is like to be told that there is no place for you to be featured yet you’re still young gifted and Black. We know what it’s like to be told that there’s not a screen for you to be featured on or a stage for you to be featured on. We know what it’s like to be the tail and not the head. We know what it’s like to be beneath and not above. And that is what we went to work with every day - not because we knew that we would Be around during award season or that it would make a billion dollars.
We knew that we had something special that we wanted to give the world. That we could be full human beings in the roles that we were playing. We could create a world that exemplified a world that we wanted to see. We knew that we had something that we wanted to give. And to come to work every day with these people and solve problems with this group of people and this director [points to Ryan Coogler] - that is something I wish that all actors could get the chance to experience. If you get to experience that, you will be a fulfilled artist. The question of, if we would be around during award season I just wanna say that it’s a pleasure to be celebrated by you and to be loved by you. And one thing I do now, what did it change the industry? I do know that you can’t have a Black Panther now without a 2 on it. So we love you and we celebrate it.”