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NAACP Image Awards: 10 Reasons Why Tracee Ellis Ross Is Nominated For Outstanding Actress In A Comedy

She is among five nominees for Outstanding Actress In A Comedy Series.

Tracee Ellis Ross is easily one of the funniest women in television comedy today. Her humor derives not just from her lines, but in their delivery, including facial expressions, body language, hand movements, and, well, of course, timing. That is why she is among five superstars nominated by the NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actress In a Comedy Series.

Ross, 48, the daughter of Diana Ross, comes by her talent honestly. She is known for cracking viewers up on TV shows such as Girlfriends and black-ish. She has also garnered roles in film, including the High Note (2020), Reed Between the Lines (2011); Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls (2007), and Labor Pains (2011).

That’s not all. Ross maintains a vibrant social media presence on several platforms, including Twitter and Instagram, where she keeps followers in stitches. Here are 10 reasons she is nominated for an Outstanding Actress In a Comedy.

  1. SQUEEZING HUMOR OUT OF THE DISMAL REALITY OF THE PANDEMIC

    For her role as Dr. Rainbow Johnson on black-ish, she has been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and won the 2015 and 2016 NAACP Image Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. In addition, Ross was honored and acknowledged at the 2016 ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood luncheon, receiving the Fierce and Fearless award, according to ABC.

    In the scene below, black-ish, now in Season 7, managed to squeeze “humor out of the dismal realities of lockdown and viral surges while still honoring the pain and loss many American families have endured” since the pandemic struck in 2020, the Los Angeles Times notes. In the episode, “Hero Pizza,” Dr. Johnson finds herself on the frontline of the medical crisis. Meanwhile, the Johnson family has been sheltering in place at home, but the strain of the experience begins to take its toll.

    Watch a scene from the episode below:  

  2. FINDING HUMOR IN PARENTING

    In a scene from the third season of black-ish in September, 2016, ahead of the birth of her latest child, Rainbow decides to give her twins, Miles Brown and Marsai Martin, a lesson on how to help out around the house. How do you think that went? Check out the hilarious scene below:

  3. SHE HILARIOUSLY TACKLES RACISM AND SEXISM

    In a hilarious scene about the importance of mental health therapy in Season 3, episode 13, Dr. Johnson lost it after a boorish white male doctor kept pushing her aside while they were scrubbing in preparation for surgery. Check out the scene below.

  4. SHE DID THAT

    (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
    (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)

    In 2017, Ross won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Dr. Rainbow “Bow” Johnson on black-ish, becoming the first Black actress to take home the award for Best Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy in 35 years (since Fame’s Debbie Allen in 1982).

  5. SHE OFFERS HILARIOUS SNEAK PEAKS OF BLACK-ISH ON INSTAGRAM

    “When we're lucky, Ross graces us with snippets like these—straight from the set of the Emmy-nominated show. And any day we're treated to some fun, candid Johnson family moments is a good day,” according to Oprah magazine. Watch the video clip below.

  6. THAT FUNNY INSTAGRAM POST ABOUT HER BUG PHOBIA

    In August, 2020, Ellis garnered over 500,000 Instagram likes when she posted a video of herself swatting away flies and bees. “I genuinely, really and seriously do not like bugs,” she wrote in an Instagram post. Several of her famous followers, including Eva Longoria, posted comments about not being able to contain their laughter. “Omg I haven’t laughed this hard in months,” Longoria wrote.

  7. SHE TRIED IT

    She joined the #BussItChallenge in January, 2021. Well, sort of watch the video tweet below.

  8. SHE HIT A ‘HIGH NOTE’

    Ross’s role in The High Note, a film released in 2020 about a superstar singer whose career is about to sunset, does not necessarily highlight her humor, but it does showcase her diversity of talent. Ross told W she had to conquer a lifelong fear of singing on-screen. “Singing was my childhood dream, but it was deferred,” she told the magazine. “This script came along, and there were so many things about it that I loved: It was about how it's never too late to go for your dreams, no matter your age or the phase of your life.”

  9. THAT TIME SHE RECREATED MOM Diana Ross' 'WORK THAT BODY VIDEO

    In 2015, she paid tribute to her mom with a multi-generational clip, including footage from Diana’s 1981 “Work That Body” music video intercut with Tracee recreating her mom’s dance moves (in the same workout wardrobe, too), according to EW. Watch the video below.

  10. SHE WON AN NAACP IMAGE AWARD FOR ‘GIRLFRIENDS’

    (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
    (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)

    Long before she began winning trophies for her work on black-ish, Ross starred on the popular UPN/CW sitcom Girlfriends from 2000–08, winning two NAACP Image Awards over the course of the series, the second of which came in 2009 after the show’s final season.

  11. Watch the 52nd Annual NAACP awards on BET on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 8/7C

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