Taylor Hale recently made history after she won season 24 of “Big Brother.” The 27-year-old emerged a winner on Sunday night after she became the first Black woman to win the show.

History Made

On Sunday night, Taylor Hale won season 24 of “Big Brother,” and took home the $750,000 prize. When it comes to winning, the 2021 Miss Michigan USA is the first Black woman in the show’s history who took over the prize. In addition to winning the grand prize, Halle was also awarded an extra $50,000 after she was voted as America’s Favorite Houseguest.

A Powerful Speech

According to reports, one of the most poignant moments for the jury was when Hale told members of the Jury that they would be changing the course of the show by voting for her. According to CBS News, Halle said:

“Jury members, I am challenging you to make the hard decision and change the course of this game and choose progress for the course of this game. I can be the winner of this season, and I promise you will not do it in vain if you do it tonight,” said Halle.

A Win For Black Women

Hale’s win is a win for Black women and in many ways, holds a magnifying glass to the issues that Black women face. In many ways, Hale was bullied and experienced the brunt of ugly racism and passive aggression. From the beginning of the show, Hale was alienated and caught in the cross-fire or racist cattiness and mean-spirited banter. In spite of everything, she persevered. There are many Hale’s scattered across America in the form of Black women who experience unwarranted micro-aggressions or are perceived as threats because of their capabilities. Hale’s win is a win for Black women, and is the perfect depiction of the underdog winning in spite of so much adversity. In a conversations with Entertainment Weekly, Hale said that staying on the show was way bigger than her.

“There were so many times where it would’ve been very easy for me to step away from this game. I think everybody can understand that. But my purpose for coming to this game was so much bigger than just Taylor Hale playing. It was so much bigger than just trying to make a name for myself,” said Hale. “There was a bigger moment for me that I knew that I had to fulfill, and somehow I ended up pulling it off. So I just want future Black women Big Brother players to know that they can come into the game and they don’t have to be bullied or harassed or painted as a villain. They can just be themselves. And win.”