Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross made history when she won the Golden Globe for best actress a comedy or musical TV series back in January, the first black woman to do so in over 30 years (Debbie Allen won for Fame). Next up are the Emmy’s. If she takes the award for comedy actress, she will be the first black woman to get that honor since The Jeffersons actress Isabel Sanford in 1981.
Ross opens up to Variety writer, Daniel Holloway, and talks about what these awards and Black-ish mean to her.
“Diversity and inclusion are still a question because they have not been answered,” Ross says when asked what it meant to win the Golden Globe. “We are not, as an industry and as a culture, doing a good enough job of telling balanced stories of who we are as a people. So that Golden Globe moment really was more about that to me.”
She also spoke out Black-ish in regards to it being a black family comedy that got broadcasted five years after the last.
“That’s not great. And look, we’re talking about a black family,” Ross explains. “What about a Middle Eastern family, a Latina family, a gay family? Our culture is filled with a whole bunch of delicious texture.”
Ross touched upon what Black-ish brought to television, and how it wasn’t about a family that happened to be black but “that actually was black.”
“This is not just about a pot roast falling on the floor,” she continued. “We’re talking about police brutality, gun control, the N-word, preeclampsia, being biracial, taking your husband’s name or not, being a feminist in this culture and what that means as a black woman.”
Next month, fans will see if Ross wins the Emmy. In the meantime, here is an interesting fact about the actress. She was featured in two of Kanye West’s music videos, “The New Workout Plan” and “Touch the Sky.”