Taylor Hale becomes first Black woman to win ‘Big Brother’

After delivering a rousing speech highlighting her tenacity in the face of adversity, Taylor Hale made history on Sunday as the first black woman to win a non-celebrity edition of Big Brother.

During the season 24 finale of the long-running reality program, Hale and Monte Taylor fought for the crown after Taylor won the last household maker contest and decided to take Hale to the end, according to Yahoo News. The historical episode marked the first time a black woman and black man were the last two houseguests on the show.

Hale beat Taylor eight to one after delivering an impassioned plea that urged the judges to “make the hard decision and change the course of this game and choose to progress.” some spectators hailed the 27-year-old’s remarks as the strongest closing argument ever delivered on the show.

“I bled the most in that game but I tied myself up every time and got up and kept fighting because – like so many other women in the world – that’s what we have to do to get to the end. We have to take care of ourselves and put ourselves first while also paying attention to the others who have our back,” Hale said.

“I overcame so much in this game and I understood that I am not a shield. i am a sword i am not a victim I am a winner.”

Hale’s breakthrough win was the ultimate comeback after the personal stylist from West Bloomfield, Michigan, survived the chopping block six times throughout the competition. Early in the season, some of the houseguests bullied Hale and attempted to form an all-white alliance against her.

“If there’s one word that will describe the entire season, it’s resilience,” Hale continued in her address to the judges.

“And if you’re wondering who was the most resilient person this season, that’s me. … I never gave up and I refuse to do it tonight sitting next to such a strong competitor.”

Sunday’s momentous finale comes nearly two years after CBS pledged to increase its representation of Black, Indigenous and Colored People (BIPOC) to 50% of the cast of its unscripted series, including “Big Brother.” Last year, attorney Xavier Prather became the first black contestant to win a non-celebrity edition of the show.

“My intention to come to this game was so much bigger than just playing Taylor Hale,” Hale said recently Weekly entertainment in an exit interview.

“It was so much bigger than just trying to make a name for myself. … I just want future Black Big Brother players to know that they can come into play and not have to be bullied or harassed or portrayed as a villain. You can just be yourself. And win.”

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-09-26/taylor-hale-big-brother-season-24-winner Taylor Hale becomes first Black woman to win ‘Big Brother’

Sarah Ridley

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