Tracee Ellis Ross, Gabrielle Union for Elle Magazine’s “Women in TV 2015”
Inside, the daughter of the legendary Diana Ross, spoke on the lack of black experiences in television and her new show black-ish.
“In 1950, the black experience was specific,” she said. “But in this day and age, it isn’t. Race, culture, family, socioeconomics, tradition—we’re pulling from all those places to pull the whole conversation forward.”
She also discussed her character Rainbow’s relationship to Anthony Anderson‘s character on black-ish.
“Somehow in TV, marriage has gotten a bad rap, but his antics and insanity are what she finds charming.” She continued, “For most people, the show jogs personal memories. It’s not, ‘Oh my God, that was so funny!’ It’s, ‘My mom was just like that!’ She just has a life that’s full, but not to the point of complaint. She’s got all the pots on the stove, and she’s enjoying it.”
Also featured in the issue are Being Mary Jane‘s Gabrielle Union, How to Get Away With Murder’s Aja Naomi King, Galavant‘s Karen David, Gotham‘s Erin Richards, Jane the Virgin‘s Gina Rodriguez, and American Horror Story‘s Sarah Paulson.
“The ratings show all kinds of people relate, not just black women,” Gabrielle said of her BET series Being Mary Jane. “If we can have drones, we can have brown people on TV, and the world won’t end! We need to catch up. We are painfully behind.”
Check out more from their beautiful photo shoot with Nagi Sakai below.