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Tracee Ellis Ross on “Blackish,” Obama shoutouts, Kanye, and her Love of Yiddish

Larry King NowDec 07 '15

Award-winning actor & "Blackish" star Tracee Ellis Ross talks Obama shoutouts, pay discrimination, Kanye – and a lot of yiddish – with Larry, and shares the best piece of advice her mother, Diana Ross, has given her. Plus, a taste of Tracee's alter egos.


*Posted Online on Ora.TV on Dec 7th 2015:

"There's a lot of reasons I'm actually proud of the show.I love that we're bringing family comedy back; a show that you can watch with your whole family.I think the writing is really wonderful.I think the fact that we are not just making people laugh because the pot roast dropped on the floor, but we're actually exploring some really important issues and sort of unpacking the experience of what it is to be a black person in this country right now." - Tracee Ellis Ross on Black-ish

"There is a...the ability to allow us all to own our own humanity with grace and dignity, and allowing people the respect to do that in whatever capacity that we feel called to do.And there is a lot of space for that in our country in a way that other countries don't allow, and yet there are these things going on that puzzle you and break your heart and [you] think to yourself, 'What is happening? What are we doing and what are we here for?'"- Tracee Ellis Ross on what's going on in this country

"I think it's important.I think, uh, black lives do matter."- Tracee Ellis Ross on the Black Lives Matter movement

"Whether it's cellphones on cameras or whatever it is, we are becoming aware of things that have been going on and are not that different, but it's come to the forefront of our attention in a way that begs for us to remind each other that black lives do matter." - Tracee Ellis Ross on the Black Lives Matter movement

"There's so much going on in our country around that and I do stand behind the Black Lives Matter movement." - Tracee Ellis Ross

"I can articulate it in hindsight, obviously I didn't know this as a child, but, I realized that a lot of people loved me just because I was part of, or standing next to, someone that they loved.Just out of the spill of her glitter.It made me uncomfortable, because I felt like I didn't deserve that because I didn't do anything.And that compelled me to figure out who I was and what I wanted to do to get and be worthy of that attention."- Tracee Ellis Ross on growing up the daughter of Diana Ross

"I do want children of my own." - Tracee Ellis Ross

"There's a pay gap.Not just in Hollywood, but across this country and this world, and I am grateful that the Hollywood actress scenario draws attention to a larger problem, but it is not just in the Hollywood community....I'm an advocate for the equality of all." - Tracee Ellis Ross

"I am a feminist.I have no problem saying that.I think that I value the equality of humanity and I really-- Yeah, I'm a feminist." - Tracee Ellis Ross

"This is my first time, on Black-ish, being the wife and the story not always being told through me.It's an interesting difference, it's not necessarily a bad one, but it is very important to me that my role and that being the wife on the show is not portrayed in a paper thin way and that she does represent what is happening out in the world in a way that feels real and true and authentic." - Tracee Ellis Ross

"I have no idea what to make of that.... I would have to see what his platform is and what he stands for."- On Kanye saying he'd run for president in 2020 and whether she'd vote for him. - Tracee Ellis Ross

"In general, I can't stop listening to anything by Sia." - Tracee Ellis Ross

"Don't touch things in the airplane bathroom!"- Tracee Ellis Ross on the best advice she was given by her mother, Diana Ross

"My mom's still singing, she's in Vegas right now.... She's better than ever, as far as I'm concerned.That woman looks like she swallowed the sun."- Tracee Ellis Ross on Diana Ross

"Yeah, we're all doing really well, we're happy people.My mom set that up pretty well."- Tracee Ellis Ross on her siblings