Tracee Ellis Ross becomes the first black woman to win a Golden Globe for best actress in 35 years

The 44-year-old actress dedicated her award to all women of color

Justin Carissimo
New York
@JstnMchl
Monday 09 January 2017 07:18
Tracee Ellis Ross accepts the award for Best Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy for her role in 'Black-ish' during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.
Tracee Ellis Ross accepts the award for Best Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy for her role in 'Black-ish' during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.

Tracee Ellis Ross took home the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a comedy or musical television series at Sunday’s ceremony, becoming the first black woman to do so since Debbie Allen won in 1983.

The 44-year-old actress was honored for her role in the second season of ABC’s black-ish and dedicated her acceptance speech to all 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,” she told her audience. “But I want you to know that I see you. We see you.”

She also thanked Kenya Barris, the show’s creator, for allowing his series to show “the magic and the beauty and the sameness of a story and stories that are outside of where the industry usually looks.”

Earlier in the week, Allen, who took home the 1983 award for her role in Fame, congratulated both Insecure star Issa Rae and Ross for receiving their nominations.

While leaving the event, Barris admitted that he was in disbelief that Ross took home the award. "It's so undeserved," he jokingly told the Los Angeles Times. "I don't know who she paid."

"It's just incredible," he continued. "It's long overdue. When will we get to a point where it's common? And Tracee, herself, She so deserves this. Everyone is doing 8, 10 episodes right now. She kills it doing 20-plus."