Tracee Ellis Ross Is 1st Black Woman in 30 Years to Receive Best Comedy Actress Emmy Nom

Ross was nominated for her role on Black-ish.

Actress Tracee Ellis Ross attends The 2016 Disney ABC Television Group TCA Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Aug. 4, 2016.
Actress Tracee Ellis Ross attends The 2016 Disney ABC Television Group TCA Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Aug. 4, 2016. VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images

In 1986 Phylicia Rashad was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Comedy Series. And now, 30 years later, Tracee Ellis Ross is following in her footsteps. Ross was nominated in July for her character, Dr. Rainbow “Bow” Johnson, on ABC’s black-ish. And this Sunday, we’ll find out if she is a winner.

“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,” Ross told ABC. “I have not yet gotten married or had a baby, and this is pretty up there on the list.

“This whole other layer of the historical aspect is mind-boggling to me,” Ross added. “It adds a whole other layer to this that is extraordinary and wonderful.”

Congrats to Tracee! The awards show airs Sunday, Sept. 18, on ABC at 7 p.m. EDT.

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