Tracee Ellis Ross History Making Emmy Nod

Written by. Chalise Macklin

Tracee Ellis Ross made history and is giving you a reason to tune into the Emmy Awards tonight.

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She has been nominated for outstanding leading actress in a comedy for her role as Dr. Rainbow “Bow” Johnson on hit show Black-ishEllis is the first African American woman to be nominated in 30 years.

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Phylicia Rashad was the last African American woman to be nominated for her portrayal of Clair Huxtable in The Cosby Show. Only three other African American women have ever been nominated –Diahann Carroll (Julia), Isabel Sanford (The Jeffersons), Nell Carter (Gimme a Break). Isabel Sanford is the only one nominated who won the award, in 1981.

Ross spoke with ABC and said she was “thrilled” at the nomination.  She even paid homage to the nominees before her on Instagram.

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Anthony Anderson celebrated a similar feat last year. He was the 10th African American man to be nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Leading Actor in a Comedy Series.

Viola Davis, Taraji P Henson, Idris Elba, Anthony Anderson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Courtney B. Vance, Audra McDonald, Kerry Washington, Regina King, and Niecy Nash are also nominated this year. Jimmy Kimmel will host tonight’s show and is sure to bring the laughs. Make sure you tune in tonight at 8/7 CST.

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