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Tracee Ellis Ross Wants TV Roles That Reflect Our Real Lives

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These days Tracee Ellis Ross stars as Rainbow Johnson on Black-ish, a role that allows herself to depict the real life of a Black mother. But, in a recent interview with The Cut, Tracee Ellis Ross expressed the importance of having shows that depict what black families are dealing with right now. In fact, she couldn’t be prouder to be on a show like Black-ish.

“To be on a show that is willing to keep telling the truth through the lens of this family means a lot to me,” she said. “The fact that the writers are willing to keep addressing what American families are dealing with right now—and sometimes, like the police-brutality episode, what black families are dealing with right now—is really exciting and makes me feel really proud. My character is not always speaking my "Tracee" point of view, but what I love is that these subjects are spoken through each of these characters, using points of views that need to be seen.”

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She also stated roles and topics she’d like to see more of on Black-ish.

“Some are fun and frivolous, and some are as pivotal as police brutality, gun control, or politics,” she says. “There's a lot of subject matter that can be explored through this this family. Bo's being mixed race—I look forward to exploring that in a new and different way.”

Using my voice to recognize and celebrate other women is a joy for me,” she says.

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