28 Influential African Americans: Tracee Ellis Ross

Black History Month is finally here!!!! Each day this month we will be honoring African Americans who uplifts our culture and exemplifies BLACK EXCELLENCE.

Tracee Ellis Ross is an actress, model, comedian, director and television host, best known for her lead role as Joan Clayton in the comedy series Girlfriends (2000–2008) and Dr. Rainbow Johnson in the comedy series Black-ish (2014–present). As we all know Tracee is also the daughter THEE living legend Diana Ross.

In the last five years Tracee's career as prevailed tremendously. She has won seven NAACP Image Awards, nominated for two Emmy Awards and one Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy. She always celebrates women empowerment, self love and equality. The past year has been full of amazing moments for Ross, she delivered a TED Talk on the female fury, served as a guest host on Jimmy Kimmel Live! discussing sexual harassment with the help of a children’s book called The Handsy Man and appeared in Drake’s “Nice for What” video, dancing in the desert in a silver sequined jumpsuit.

It has also been a year of taking risks for Ross, she spoke out about her Black-ish salary renegotiation during the industry-wide equality conversation sparked by Time’s Up. The fact that Ross was open about her pay disparity with her male co-star, Anthony Anderson is admirable. There are so many women that go through these same issues and Ross's situation being public was very inspiring to all women to stand up for their selves in the work place.

Ross has been apart of the Time’s Up movement, devoted to rooting out sexual harassment and inequality in the workplace. She also hired a new team of female agents at UTA in spring of 2018. In support of the Time’s Up movement, at the 2018 Golden Globes women wore black and brought activists with them on the red carpet. Of course Ross joined in on this wearing a sleek black Marc Jacobs dress and a turban. This look exemplified the power that Ross and her female peers were attempting to reclaim. In a Vanity Fair interview Ross expressed that "It felt like I didn’t have to say much because my clothing was saying a lot, sort of an owning of my legacy, both my personal legacy, as my mom’s child, and as a black woman.”

Thank you so much Tracee for being you !!!

You are a truly a light to the world and a reminder that we are all worthy.

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