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On Jan 8th, Tracee Ellis Ross became the first black woman to win the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a TV Comedy or Musical in 35 years.
Ross took home the award for her role as Dr. Rainbow “Bow” Johnson in the ABC sitcom Black-ish. Debbie Allen was the last black woman to receive the Golden Globe Award for the 1982 NBS series Fame at the 1983 Globes.
According to sources, Tracee Ellis Ross is also the first black nominee in the category since Gimme a Break‘s Allen and Nell Carter were nominated in 1984.
Ross dedicated the award 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,” she said.
The actress also expressed her gratitude for 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,” she said.
Debbie Allen took to Twitter to show support to Tracee Ellis Ross and Insecure star Issa Rae. Rae was also nominated in the category with Ross.
“Congrats Issa & Tracee on well-deserved @goldenglobes nominations!” the actress wrote on Thursday, January 5. “Win-win either way! #tbt last time a black woman won this category ;).” -Allen
— Debbie Allen (@msdebbieallen) January 5, 2017