Tracee Ellis Ross has a lot to be happy about these days. Not only is her hit ABC series blackish gearing up for a third season, but she also earned a historical Emmy nomination for her role as headstrong, lovable doctor, wife, and mom Rainbow Johnson on the hilarious family sitcom. The Emmy awards that airs tonight, has us all praying for our favorite “girlfriend” to win, expecting her to break a 30 year streak.
Ross told ABC, “At this age, at this point in my career, to be a first-time nominee is extraordinary. To be nominated on behalf of a show that I am so proud of, and I have not yet gotten married or had a baby, so this is pretty up there on the list.”
“This whole other layer of the historical aspect is mind-boggling to me, said Ross. It adds a whole other layer to this that is extraordinary and wonderful.”
Phylicia Rashad was the last woman to be nominated in 1986, for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Comedy Series, for her role as Clair Huxtable in The Cosby Show. Only five black actresses have ever been nominated in the category. Ross, aware of the historical significance of being nominated, has given kudos to all the women that came before her in a series of Instagram posts for Woman Crush Wednesday. She honored the incomparable Nell Carter, Phylicia Rashad, and the incredibly talented Diahann Carroll.
The daughter of singer/actress Diana Ross, Tracee Ellis Ross began her career acting in independent films, variety of series and hosted the pop-culture magazine. From 2000 to 2008, she played the leading role as Joan Clayton on the comedy series Girlfriends, for which she received two NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. She also has appeared in films Hanging Up, I-See-You.Com, and Daddy’s Little Girls. In 2014, Ross began starring as Dr. Rainbow Johnson in the ABC comedy series Black-ish, which brought her two more NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. Check your local listings for the 2016 Emmy Awards, and bear witness to Ross make history.
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