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7 Powerful Moments from the 69th Emmy Awards That Global Citizens May Have Missed

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On Sunday night, the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards celebrated the year in television. Hosted by Stephen Colbert, the Emmys featured a wide variety of personalities from TV — from Oprah Winfrey to Alec Baldwin. 

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While "Game of Thrones" was not included in the awards show this year (sorry, folks), the shows that did make the cut featured several themes that Global Citizens can identify with: empowered female politicians, diverse perspectives, and embracing inclusiveness.

The awards show itself also included several moments that will resonate with Global Citizens. 

Global Citizen is bringing you seven powerful moments where celebrities urged viewers to come together, take action, and make the world a better place: 

1/ When Chance the Rapper called on people to take action.

Stephen Colbert’s musical intro to the Emmys brought us to an earlier era of television, where song and dance routines were the norm, but the comedian's creative opener may be remembered best for its thirty second cameo from musician and education activist Chance the Rapper. 

“I love television, it’s a pleasant distraction, but just imagine taking action,” Chance rapped. 

The musician's performance also included a shout-out to transgender individuals serving in the military in the wake of a decision announced by US President Donald Trump in August to ban transgender people from the armed forces.

“If Hawkeye can be a soldier why not Laverne Cox?” he asked. 

2/ The fact that this is the most diverse Emmys ever. 

Okay, so last year was the most diverse Emmys ever. And so too was the year before. 

But perhaps that's because there's a lot of ground to cover in order to ensure an entertainment industry that more accurately reflects current demographics. 

A total of 25 people of color were nominated for the Emmys' 18 onscreen acting awards in 2017, according to ET

The television world still strongly skews white and male, however. An investigation by Variety found that 90% of showrunners across 50 top shows and five channels in 2016-2017 were white and 80% were male. 

3/ When Stephen Colbert thanked first responders.

There's been a lot of news recently about hurricanes that ravaged the southern United States, as well as large swaths of the Caribbean. In his opening monologue, Colbert acknowledged the hard work of those who have helped recovery efforts. 

“Nobody needs more thanks right now than our first responders,” Colbert said. “They have been working tirelessly following the disasters in Texas and Florida.”

He also referred viewers to, where they can continue to donate. 

4/ When Issa Rae, Riz Ahmed, and Laura Dern addressed television's gender imbalance. 

Announcing the award for Best Limited Series Supporting Actress, Riz Ahmed and Issa Rae brought attention to a persistent issue that affects not only the television and entertainment world, but fields from STEM to business: the limited amount of women in leadership roles.

"The stories we tell often skew in the male perspective," Ahmed said before presenting the award. 

The winner of the award, "Big Little Lies" actress Laura Dern, also spoke of this imbalance. 

"I think I've only worked with maybe 12 women," Dern said. "I share this with my tribe of four ladies." 

5/ When Lena Waithe became the first African American woman to win an Emmy for writing in a comedy series.

Heralded as "one of the best coming out stories on television" and also "a brilliant spin on the Thanksgiving episode," the "Thanksgiving" episode of "Master of None" chronicles character Denise's struggle to come out to her mother as lesbian.

Actress Lena Waithe, who plans to launch a new show about growing up in poverty in southern Chicago, broke new boundaries tonight, becoming the first African American woman to win an Emmy for writing in a comedy series. 

"The things that make us different, those are our superpowers," Waithe said in her acceptance speech, while thanking her "LGBTQIA family." "The world would not be as beautiful as it is if we were not in it," she added.  

6/ When Riz Ahmed and others supported the Dream Act by wearing blue ribbons.

Ahmed and other actors urged congress to pass a new Dream Act to protect the children of immigrants from deportation, including the 800,000 who currently receive benefits through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which is now threatened, by wearing blue ACLU ribbons.  

7/ When Nicole Kidman stood up for victims of domestic violence.

It's not often that actors address issues like domestic violence to such a wide audience, but tonight Nicole Kidman did just that. Domestic violence plays a major role in Kidman's Emmy-winning show "Big Little Lies."

"It is a complicated, insidious disease," she said. "It exists far more than we allow ourselves to know."