Tracee Ellis Ross became the first African-American actress in 30 years to receive an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy.
The nomination was given to her for her role as Rainbow Johnson in the sitcom “Black-ish.” “Black-ish” tackles on police brutality and several other issues in the African-American community. The Emmy nomination was a first for Ross even though she didn’t win last night at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, September 18.
Phylicia Rashad was the last African-American actress to be Emmy nominated for her outstanding work in a comedy series for her role as Clair Huxtable on “The Cosby Show” in 1986. However, Phylicia Rashad didn’t win. Betty White took home the award that year.
Despite not winning, Ross was ecstatic for her nomination.
“At this age, at this point in my career, to be a first-time nominee is extraordinary. To be nominated on behalf of a show that I am so proud of. I have not yet gotten married or had a baby, and this is pretty up there on the list,” Ross said to ABC.
Sources: upworthy.com & abc7chicago.com