Tracee Ellis Ross is the First Black Woman in 35 Years to Win ‘Best Comedy Actress’ Golden Globe


By Victor Trammell

History was made for the first time in over three decades last night at the star-studded 74th annual Golden Globe Awards.

For the first time since the 1983 Golden Globes, Tracee Ellis Ross (pictured), 44, won the Best Actress in a TV Comedy or Musical award for her role on the ABC sitcom “Black-ish.” After winning her coveted award, Ellis Ross gave an inspirational acceptance speech, which she dedicated to women of color.

“This is for all the women of color and colorful people whose stories, ideas and thoughts are not always considered worthy and valid and important. But I want you to know that I see you. We see you,” Ellis Ross told the crowd in attendance last night at the Beverly Hilton.

Prior to last night’s historic win for Ellis Ross, Debbie Allen won the Golden Globe for Best Comedy Actress for her role in the 1982 NBC television series “Fame.” When Ellis Ross was nominated late last year, she was the first black woman to receive a nomination in her category since 1984.

In that year, actress Nell Carter and Allen were nominated for their role on the popular 1980s sitcom “Gimme a Break.” During her acceptance speech, Ellis Ross also talked about how much she enjoys working on the set of “Black-ish.”

“It is an honor to be on this show, Black-ish, to continue expanding the way we are seen and known, and to show the magic and the beauty and the sameness of a story and stories that are outside of where the industry usually looks,” Ellis Ross said.

Ellis Ross follows in the footsteps of her legendary mother Diana Ross who also won a Golden Globe in her entertainment career. The elder Ross won the Best New Actress Golden Globe in 1973 for her role in the 1972 film “Lady Sings the Blues,” a compelling American biopic about the life of the late Billie Holiday.




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