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Michaela Coel receiving the award for "Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special" at the most recent Emmy's. Photo: Cliff Lipton/CBS/Getty Images.

Michaela Coel wins an Emmy, dedicates award to victims of sexual abuse

Coel made history as the first Black woman to win the Emmy for "Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special" for I May Destroy You 

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Michaela Coel was the winner of the Emmy for "Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special" for I May Destroy You, and dedicated her award to all victims of sexual abuse. Her message was heard loud and clear during the ceremony: "Write the story that scares you, that makes you feel uncertain, that is not comfortable." 

The series was billed as one of the must-see series in 2020, and when it was not nominated for the Golden Globes, the critics came out in force. The lack of diversity is no secret in the industry, and it is often reflected in the decisions of those who organize its various award ceremonies.

Nevertheless, the series created and starred in by Coel, was also nominated for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series/TV Movie, "Outstanding Limited Series," "Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special", "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series/TV Movie." 

"Write the story that scares you, that makes you feel uncertain, that is not comfortable. I challenge you, in this world that tempts us to rummage through the lives of others, to help us better determine how we need to feel about ourselves, and which in turn makes us feel the need to be visible at all times, because these days it seems that visibility somehow equals success. Don't be afraid to be absent from it all, from us, for a while, and see what comes up for you in that silence..." said Coel before dedicating her story to victims of sexual abuse.

Coel is also the first Black woman to win an Emmy for "Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special." 

I May Destroy You tells the story of when Coel went out one night with a friend, but the next thing she remembers is writing on the computer writing, not sure how she got there. Her opening lines are a series of hazy flashbacks as she recalls being raped in a bar bathroom after a man slipped drugs into her drink.

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