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Tracee Ellis Ross’ Golden Globe Win Broke A Long-Running Streak, And Brought Attention To Diversity On TV

"I want you to know that I see you."

Tracee Ellis Ross may have won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Comedy or Musical for the first time, but she also broke a long streak by becoming the first Black woman to do so in 34 years.

The last woman to win before Ross, the star of the ABC's Black-ish, was Debbie Allen, when she won for Fame in 1983. Ross and her fellow nominee, Issa Rae of Insecure, are also the first Black nominees since Allen and Nell Carter of Gimme A Break! were last nominated in 1985.

Ross wasted no time getting up on stage and using her acceptance speech as an empowering platform for all women, especially women of color.

"This is for all the women, women of color, and colorful people, whose stories, ideas, thoughts, are not always considered worthy and valid and important, but I want you to know that I see you," she said in her speech.

Ross also went on to thank her show for breaking the mold and portraying characters Hollywood has a tendency to overlook.

"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," she said.

After her win, Ross expanded her views on celebrating diverse stories to Variety.

"Continuing to tell our own stories and to stand up for what we believe in as individuals is very important," she said. "How I accepted my award tonight spoke to how I feel about all different stories being represented."


In honor of such a historic win, Debbie Allen congratulated Ross, Rae, and "Jane the Virgin's" Gina Rodriguez for their hard work.

Her "Black-ish" co-stars and the president of the Disney-ABC Television Group wasted no time sending their congratulations.

Ross' co-stars from "Girlfriends," the UPN/CW show that ran from 2000 to 2008, also showered her with love.

Even Ross' sister-in-law, singer-actress Ashlee Simpson, congratulated her on Instagram.

THIS IS SOO AMAZING!!!!!! @traceeellisross golden globe winner ❤️ Ahhhhh we love you 😘 congrats SIS!!!!!

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