It's 2015 and for the first time the Emmys nominated two black women for lead actress in a drama. Although it may provide some relief to the #EmmysSoWhite camp, long-tail data show that black actors and actresses (perhaps unsurprisingly) have a long way to go.
Since 1966*, only 48 out of 1,001 nominees for lead actor and actress in a drama or comedy were black. Four black actors have won an Emmy as a lead actor in a comedy or drama. Isabel Sanford is the only black woman to win as lead actress in a comedy for "The Jeffersons." No black actress has won for dramatic lead.