Diahann Carroll happily passed the torch to Kerry Washington as black actresses starring in their own TV series and nominated for Emmys.

The 78-year-old actress just wishes it hadn’t taken 45 years to happen.

“I feel we’re a little behind, we need to catch up,” Carroll said Sunday on the Emmy red carpet.

Carroll was the first black actress to star in her own show who didn’t play a domestic worker. Her role as a nurse in “Julia” earned her an Emmy nomination in1969.

Washington stars in “Scandal,” and was nominated in the lead actress category in a drama.

“We’re all very grateful to the Emmys because they’ve been on our side,” Carroll said, referring to the show’s recognition of African-Americans. “At the same time, we’d like it to be a little more with what’s going on in the world.”

— Beth Harris — Twitter –


EDITOR’S NOTE — Show Bits brings you the 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item.

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