She starts with 'Thanks, but...' and then goes on to say words that just lit me right up.
Some funny and moving talk from a woman whose TV shows may be changing American culture from now on.
Shonda Rhimes pretty much owns Thursday night network TV.
Who's ever dominated a whole night on the tube like this, with "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal," and "How to Get Away with Murder"? Forget about that person being a woman or black.
It's no great surprise that Hollywood's recognizing the way she's shattered their glass ceiling with awards like this one, but...
Rhimes has a problem with getting this award.
She doesn't want an award just for being a successful black woman in Hollywood.
She's thinking her success is really about something big and new.
"This moment right here — me standing up here all brown with boobs and my Thursday night of network television full of women of color, competitive women, strong women, women who own their bodies, women whose lives revolve around their work instead of their men, women who are big dogs — that could only be happening right now."
The glass ceiling she's being praised for smashing? She says it was ready to go by the time she got there.
Rhimes wants to talk about the cuts and bruises of the countless other women who crashed into it before her.
It's a great speech.
You can watch a video of it here.
This is a great one to share with anyone who enjoys a good laugh and likes to cheer.