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Kerry Washington Slays the House Down With Powerful GLAAD Acceptance Speech: VIDEO

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Scandal star Kerry Washington took home the Vanguard Award at last night's GLAAD Media Awards and gave a fiery speech in support of LGBT equality and visibility that would have had Olivia Pope herself raising a glass of red wine in support.

Of particular note was Washington's point throughout the speech that marginalized communities should be working together as allies rather than competing against one another for a seat at the table:

WashingtonSo when black people today tell me that they don't 'believe' in gay marriage (pause), the first thing that I say is please don't let anybody try to get you to vote against your own best interests by feeding you messages of hate. And then I say, you know people used to say stuff like that about you and your love. And if we let the government start to legislate love in our lifetime, who do you think is next?

We can't say that we believe in each others' fundamental humanity and then turn a blind eye to the reality of each others existence and the truth of each others hearts. We must be allies. And we must be allies in this business because to be represented is to be humanized. And as long as anyone, anywhere is being made to feel less human, our very definition of humanity is at stake and we are all vulnerable.

Watch the full speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

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What To Watch This Week on TV: DeGeneres Does Oscars, 'Portlandia' and 'Scandal' Return - VIDEO

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Check out our weekly guide to make sure you're catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won't admit you watch when no one's looking.

— If you were turned off by Seth MacFarlane's humor during last year's Academy Awards telecast, you can tune in for Ellen DeGeneres' "aw shucks" charm when she returns to host. Tune in to see her schtick, and if Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto can bring home Oscars for their work in Dallas Buyers Club, Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on ABC.

More picks and clips, including the return of Olivia Pope, Shakira and PortlandiaAFTER THE JUMP...

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SNL Mocks Lack of Black Female Cast Members in Opening Kerry Washington Skit: VIDEO

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SNL decided to address an ongoing controversy over its lack of black female cast members head on last night in a cold open featuring host Kerry Washington and Reverend Al Sharpton. Washington played Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey in the skit.

As we reported yesterday, the nonprofit organization ColorofChange.org wrote an open letter to creator Lorne Michaels denouncing the lack of African-American women (none since the departure of Maya Rudolph in 2007) cast on the show.

This skit, and the disclaimer which floated over it on the screen were how they decided to address it.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP....

Was SNL's response appropriate? And can Kerry Washington please stay on?

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