Tracee Ellis Ross has won her first Golden Globe!
Ross took home the trophy for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy, Sunday for her role as Rainbow “Bow” Johnson on Black-ish. Ross is the first black actress to win this award since Fame‘s Debbie Allen won in 1982.
“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,” said Ross when she took the stage to accept her award. “But I want you to know that I see you. We see you.”
The ABC family sitcom follows the Johnson family as Andre (Anthony Johnson) and his wife Bow (Ross) attempt to help their family develop a sense of cultural identity. Ross was at the center of one of the show’s best episodes of 2016, “Being Bow-Racial,” which found Bow working through her conflicting feelings about her interracial identity. Ross said in her acceptance speech that she was grateful to be a part of Black-ish, which allowed her “to show the magic and the beauty and the sameness of a story and stories that are outside of where the industry usually looks.”
Backstage after her win, Ross praised the writers of Black-ish for their courage. “I think that our writers are exceptional, and every week I feel surprised by our scripts and the way that they very courageously tackle very heavy subjects, and yet somehow the show is so funny,” she told reporters after she accepted her award. “The way they write for my character is really interesting. I like that. … Often as the wife character, your storyline is sort of through your husband, and that’s really not the case on ours; it makes it a really fun experience for me to be challenged every week to find my way.”
Ross — who beat out last year’s winner, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend‘s Rachel Bloom, as well as Veep’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Insecure‘s Issa Rae, and Divorce‘s Sarah Jessica Parker — was particularly proud of how diverse this competitive category was this year, and not just when it came to race.
“If you look at just my category and you look at the age difference of a lot of these nominees and the different kinds of stories each of us are telling, like Sarah Jessica Parker for Divorce. I think that’s important and that’s part of what’s often missing: it’s not just color. It’s the diversity of storytelling,” she told EW shortly after learning of her Golden Globe nomination. “I’m grateful to be representing a show that I’m incredibly proud of and that the Hollywood Foreign Press is acknowledging our show and is looking outside of places that they normally look to acknowledge work.”
Black-ish airs Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. on ABC.