Tracee Ellis Ross won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy, the first time an African-American woman has won in that category since Debbie Allen in 1983. That’s over 30 years. This is how she described her accomplishment backstage:
"It means a lot," she told reporters, adding that she felt "special" to be grouped in with Allen. "I'm going to have to ponder [it] for the next couple days. More of it is for our industry to ponder. The work is there. The stories are there."
On stage, she dedicated her win to “women of colour and colourful people, whose stories, ideas, and thoughts are not always considered worthy and valid and important”. If you read this blog regularly, you probably know how I feel about black-ish. It’s my favourite. It’s one of few shows I give space to on my PVR. I watch black-ish even when I’ve already seen it. And while everyone on black-ish is excellent, Tracee’s Bow is the soul of the show. Dre plays for straight laughs. The kids are all personality. Ruby and Pops bring the charisma. Tracee almost always has to be the foil. And sometimes that’s the hardest and most underappreciated job of them all. This recognition, then, is an acknowledgement of that contribution. Also?
“It’s nice at 44. I like it here!”