Star of Lifetime’s ‘The Clark Sisters’ Slams Emmy Awards for Nomination Snub

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Fans are nonetheless speaking concerning the Lifetime biopic of gospel greats, The Clark Sisters. The movie shattered Lifetime information, turning into the highest-rated premiere in a number of years. Social media customers additionally sang the movie’s praises for its casting. Despite such, the movie didn’t make the checklist of Emmy nominations this 12 months, one thing that Aunjanue Ellis shouldn’t be comfortable about. 

Aunjanue Ellis on 'The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel'
Aunjanue Ellis on ‘The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel’ by way of Twitter

Aunjanue Ellis in ‘The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel’

The movie depicts the rise of the quintet from their humble beginnings of their household church choir. Under the path of their mom, Dr. Mattie Moss Clark, the sisters’ transition from touring the church circuit all through the US to bringing gospel music to the mainstream. 

Dr. Moss Clark is among the nation’s biggest choir administrators. She’s additionally liable for popularizing the well-known three-part concord that’s now broadly sung in all musical genres. 

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The movie reveals the household’s highs and lows, household abuse, household betrayal, and in the end how Dr. Moss Clark modified the trajectory of gospel music. Sexism within the business can also be a theme. Dr. Moss Clark faces opposition in pay and alternative for her daughters. 

The movie additionally depicts the sacrifices Dr. Moss Clark makes. Her house church forces her to decide on between managing her daughters, which is seen as sinful. She steps away from her daughters work so as to salvage her relationship and popularity along with her church. 

The movie marks Lifetime’s highest-rated authentic movie in 4 years. Social media customers praised the movie for its content material and casting, notably Ellis as Dr. Moss Clark. 

Aunjanue Ellis slams the Emmy Award for not recognizing ‘The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel’

As the Emmy Awards approaches, followers of the biopic are upset that the movie shouldn’t be nominated. During the airing of the movie, many followers predicted that Ellis’s portrayal of Dr. Moss Clark would earn her an Emmy nomination. Fans imagine Ellis’ portrayal is with the utmost conviction. 

Ellis agrees, telling Essence Magazine that whereas she’s comfortable for the opposite nominees, the snub is disrespectful to The Clark Sisters and Dr. Moss Clark’s contributions. More so, she feels race is an element within the snub.

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“I would be dishonest if I didn’t say that I didn’t want [to be nominated]. And the reason why I wanted it is because I wanted it for The Clark Sisters. I wanted to be able to give them the shine that they deserve,” she says. 

She continues, “Because we can sing and dance, we make it look easy. Black women make it look easy and the rest of the world takes it for granted. When it’s done by other folks, we talk about the genius of someone, we talk about their work, we canonize them, we say these are the best of their generation. But we don’t talk about our work in those terms.”

Ellis believes that the lack of information about Dr. Moss Clark and The Clark sisters is a contributing issue as to why the voting board didn’t give the movie it’s simply do.

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