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2017 emmys

Donald Glover, Lena Waithe make history with Emmy wins

With his Emmy win for Outstanding Director for a comedy series, Atlanta's Donald Glover became the first black person to receive the award.

Glover, who was nominated for four Emmys this year, also became the first director since MASH's Alan Alda in 1977 to win for a show he acted in, the Los Angeles Times reports. He wasn't the only one to have the distinction of breaking a barrier: Glover was up for the Outstanding Writing in a comedy series award, which ultimately went to Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe for Master of None — making Waithe not only the first black woman to win that Emmy, but also the first to ever even be nominated.