Tracee Ellis Ross

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Actress

Birth Date: October 29, 1972

Age: 51 years old

Birth Place: Los Angeles, California

Parents: Diana Ross

Siblings: Evan Ross

A tall, wide-eyed, curly-haired versatile performer comfortable working in many different capacities, Tracee Ellis Ross succeeded as a TV host, model, writer and producer, but had a greater drive to pursue acting, building a career as most up and comers do, taking roles in small scale independents despite the legendary status of her mother, singer-actress Diana Ross.

Having worked extensively in the fashion industry, working as a model and contributing editor to such publications as Mirabella and New York, Ross made her big screen debut in "Far Harbor" (1996), an independent feature that cast her as a Jewish/African-American mixed race woman. While the character's background was similar to her own, she did, of course, actually have to act in the film and embraced the opportunity to immerse herself in this fictional character, receiving positive reviews for her transformation. The following year she debuted as host of "The Dish," a Lifetime TV magazine series keeping tabs on popular culture. Hosting segments and reviewing various offerings in print, film and television, Ross proved a capable and highly watchable presenter. Her next small screen appearance was in the 1998 NBC movie drama "Race Again Fear: A Moment of Truth Movie," playing a former high school track star who remained silent about her abuse at the hands of a coach. A role in the odd independent feature "Sue" (1998) predated Ross' first studio film, Diane Keaton's "Hanging Up" (2000). Here she played the less-than-effective assistant of Meg Ryan's character. She was used to greater effect in the MTV series "The Lyricist Lounge Show," a hip-hop variety series mixing music, dramatic sketches and comedic skits. Reliable and quick-witted with excellent comic timing, Ross shone in segments pairing her with Heather McDonald, the two playing ridiculously two-faced, back-stabbing girlfriends. More supportive where the titular pals in her next series "Girlfriends" (2000-08), a UPN sitcom centering around four young African-American women. Here she played Joan, a successful lawyer looking for love.

Credits

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Self
Awards
2024

Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Love

Self
Special
2023

Live with Kelly and MarkStream

Guest
Talk
2023

American FictionStream

Actor
Lisa Ellison
Movie
2023
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Candy Cane LaneStream

Actor
Carol Carver
Movie
2023
46%

Cold Copy

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Diane Heger
Movie
2023

The Hair TalesStream

Executive Producer
Docuseries
2022

The Hair TalesStream

Self
Docuseries
2022

Norman Lear: 100 Years of Music and Laughter

Music Performer
Special
2022

The Jennifer Hudson Show

Guest
Talk
2022

Let's Unpack That

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2022

black-ish: A Celebration -- An ABC News Special

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2022

Oscars 2022

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2022

The Premise

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2021
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Growing Up AnimalStream

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Miniseries
2021

The Runaway Bunny

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2021

The Drew Barrymore ShowStream

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2020

The Greatest @ATHOME Videos

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2020

Celebrity Game FaceStream

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2020

Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Extras

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2020

The High Note

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Grace Davis
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2020

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Rainbow Johnson
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2019
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2019
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2019
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2019
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A Little Late With Lilly Singh

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2019
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The Kelly Clarkson ShowStream

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2019

Tamron Hall

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2019

Today With Hoda & Jenna

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2019

Desus & Mero

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2019

Little

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HomeGirl
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2019

Today 3rd Hour

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2018

Busy Tonight

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2018

2018 American Music Awards

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2018

2018 American Music Awards

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2018

Stand Up to Cancer

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2018

PeopleTV Specials

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2018

Grown-ishStream

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Rainbow Johnson
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2018

Icons, Idols & Influencers

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2017

2017 American Music Awards

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2017

Carpool Karaoke: The SeriesStream

Music Performer
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2017

The Gong Show

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2017

Daily Pop

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2017

Live with Kelly and Ryan

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2017

Desus & MeroStream

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2016

Harry

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2016 BET Awards

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2016

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2016

To Tell the TruthStream

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ChelseaStream

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2016
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Sunday Today With Willie Geist

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2016

The Daily Show with Trevor NoahStream

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2015

FABLife

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2015

The Late Show With Stephen ColbertStream

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2015

Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter

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2015

BET Awards 2015

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2015

Celebrity Family FeudStream

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Game Show
2015

Black Girls Rock! 2015

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2015

Lip Sync BattleStream

Contestant
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2015

The Late Late Show With James Corden

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2015

Variety Studio: Actors on Actors

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2014

Women of Power

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2014

Black-ishStream

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Rainbow Johnson
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2014
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2014
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Rainbow Johnson
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2014
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Black-ishStream

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2014
92%

blackish: Extras

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2014

Hollywood Today Live

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2014

Late Night With Seth MeyersStream

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2014

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

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2014

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonStream

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2014

Portlandia: Extras

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2014

Broad CityStream

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Winona
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2014
99%

Black Girls Rock! 2013: Extras

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2013

Black Girls Rock! 2013

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2013

The Arsenio Hall Show

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2013

Bethenny

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2013

The Real

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2013

Exhale

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2013

Black Girls Rock 2012

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2012

Steve Harvey

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2012

Larry King NowStream

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2012

LIVE with Kelly

Guest
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2011

Black Girls Rock!

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2011

Reed Between the Lines: Extras

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2011

Reed Between the Lines

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Dr. Carla Reed
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2011

Dish Nation

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2011

Big Morning Buzz Live

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2011

PortlandiaStream

Guest Star
Series
2011
94%

The Gayle King Show

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2011

Five

Actor
Alyssa
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2011

ConanStream

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2010

The Talk

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2010

Access Hollywood Live

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2010

The Nate Berkus Show

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2010

Watch What Happens Live With Andy CohenStream

Guest
Talk
2009

The Wendy Williams Show

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Talk
2008

Private PracticeStream

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Dr. Ellen Sicher
Series
2007

Daddy's Little GirlsStream

Actor
Cynthia
Movie
2007
26%

Life Support

Actor
Tanya
Movie
2007

Our World With Black Enterprise

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2006

etalk

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2006

I See You.com

Actor
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2006

Vibe Awards on UPN

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2005

An All-Star Salute to Patti LaBelle: Live From Atlantis

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2005

Project RunwayStream

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Reality
2004

Second Time Around

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2004

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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2003

Jimmy Kimmel Live!Stream

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2003

Jimmy Kimmel Live!Stream

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2003

UPN's Funky Flubs

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2003

Lift Every Voice

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2002

CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationStream

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2000

GirlfriendsStream

Actor
Joan Clayton
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2000

GirlfriendsStream

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2000

106 & Park: BET's Top 10 Live

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2000

106 & Park: BET's Top 10 Live

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2000

Hanging UpStream

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Kim
Movie
2000
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A Fare to Remember

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Jane
Movie
1999

Kickin' It: With Byron Allen

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1998

Race Against Fear: A Moment of Truth Movie

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Kaycee King
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1998

The View

Guest
Talk
1997

Sue

Actor
Linda
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1997

Sue Lost in Manhattan

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Linda
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1997

Access Hollywood

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News
1996

Far Harbor

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Kiki
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1996

Mr. Spreckman's Boat

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Kiki
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1996

Extra

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1994

E! News

Actor
News
1991

America's Funniest Home VideosStream

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1990

CBS News Sunday Morning

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1979

Good Morning America

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1975

Sesame StreetStream

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1969

Today

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1952

News aboutTracee Ellis Ross

SAG Awards

2024 Screen Actors Guild Awards: How to Watch, Presenters, Nominees & More

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Eddie Murphy’s Holiday Film ‘Candy Cane Lane’ Sets Prime Video Premiere

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10 Sitcom Stars Who Would Make Great Villains

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Catch Up With the ‘Girlfriends,’ 15 Years After the Series Finale

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‘Norman Lear: 100 Years of Music & Laughter’ Guests: George Clooney, Rita Moreno, Tom Hanks & More

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‘Daria’ Spinoff ‘Jodie’ Now Animated Film as Pamela Adlon, William Jackson Harper & More Join Cast

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Tracee Ellis Ross & Anthony Anderson Get Emotional Over Final ‘black-ish’ Scene (VIDEO)

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Preview

Going Out in Style: ‘Black-ish’ Team Shares Their Favorite Behind-the-Scenes Stories

Black-ish Anthony Anderson Season 8 ABC
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‘Black-ish’: Dre & Bow Disagree About Parenting in Sneak Peek (VIDEO)

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‘Black-ish’: How Michelle Obama Became a Season 8 Guest Star

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‘Black-ish’: Michelle Obama to Guest Star in 8th and Final Season (PHOTO)

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10 Stars Who Recurred on the Original ‘CSI’

Jon Bernthal as Chase Milbrandt in The Premise on FX on Hulu
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‘The Premise’: 3 Reasons to Stream B.J. Novak’s Anthology Series

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‘The Premise’: FX Unveils Star-Studded First Look at B.J. Novak’s Anthology Series

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‘Black-ish’ Renewed for 8th and Final Season at ABC

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Best Lines of the Week (November 13-19): ‘It’s OK, You Can Go Now’

Best Lines featuring Black-ish, GMA with Matthew McConaughey, and Leslie Jones

Best Lines of the Week (October 16-22): ‘You Are Elegant, You Are Refined’

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Coronavirus Hits ‘black-ish’ Season 7 With Bow Working the Frontline

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10 Big-Name Stars Who Appeared on ‘CSI,’ Now 20 Years Old

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‘black-ish’ Promo Teases Animated Special & More Coming in Season 7 (VIDEO)

Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King at BET's Black Girls Rock

Regina King, Tracee Ellis Ross & More Reimagine ‘Golden Girls’ With All-Black Cast

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‘black-ish’ to Air Animated Election Special Ahead of Season 7 Premiere

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Bow & Dre Debate Over Pops’ Bad Behavoir in ‘black-ish’ Sneak Peek (VIDEO)

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‘Office,’ ‘Queer Eye’ & ‘black-ish’ Stars Exchange Words in Scrabble GO Battle Royale

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Tracee Ellis Ross’ Hairstylist Shares Her Favorite ‘Black-ish’ Looks (PHOTOS)

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Fall Preview

‘Mixed-ish’ EP Tracee Ellis Ross on How ‘black-ish’ Prequel Will Be Different

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Tracee Ellis Ross to Lead ‘Daria’ Spinoff ‘Jodie’ for MTV Studios

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How ‘black-ish’ Tackles the Divisive Topic of Football in ‘FriDre Night Lights’

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Gladys Knight’s Aretha Tribute & More Buzzed-About 2018 AMA Moments

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Ethan Peck & 10 More TV Stars From Famous Families (PHOTOS)

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Will Bow and Dre Get Divorced on ‘Black-ish’?

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‘black-ish’ EP Says Bow and Dre’s Marital Issues Are Here to Stay

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‘Westworld’ Star Evan Rachel Wood & More TV Women Who’ve Dealt With Unequal Pay

ANTHONY ANDERSON, TRACEE ELLIS ROSS

ABC Shelves Politically Charged ‘black-ish’ Episode Over ‘Creative Differences’

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Q&A

‘grown-ish’ Star da’Vinchi Talks Playing Cash Mooney and His Future With Zoey

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Is Tracee Ellis Ross Leaving ‘black-ish’? Star Calls Out Unequal Pay

DIANA ROSS

The 5 Most Talked-About Moments From the 2017 American Music Awards

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Tracee Ellis Ross Announced as Host of 2017 American Music Awards

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Dre and Bow Tackle Postpartum Depression in Season 4 of ‘Black-ish’

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‘Black-ish’ Creator Teases How New Family Dynamics Test the Johnsons in Season 4

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Baby Boom! Eva Longoria Goes Behind the Camera for the Emotional May 10 Season Finale of ‘black-ish’

TV's Favorite Feminists

5 TV Feminists We Love

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International Women’s Day 2017: How TV’s Top Female Stars Celebrated

It’s a [Spoiler]!: Dre and Bow Find Out Baby Johnson’s Gender on ‘black-ish’

Tracee Ellis Ross, winner of Best Performance in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy for 'Black-ish,' kisses her award at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards

Tracee Ellis Ross on What Her Golden Globe Win Means for the Industry

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‘black-ish’: Rainbow Being Biracial Isn’t (Always) a Laughing Matter

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How ‘Mom’, ‘black-ish’, ‘Speechless’ and Other Sitcoms Get Serious

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‘black-ish’: A New Johnson Is On the Way in Season 3

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‘Black-ish’ Remembers the ‘Good Times’ in a Season Finale Tribute (PHOTOS)

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6 Celebrities Singing Their Way to ‘Sesame Street’ on HBO (PHOTOS)

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