If you're not onto "Blackish," you're missing out. And now even moreso since Tracee Ellis Ross has just made history by receiving an Emmy nomination for her role (as surgeon, mother, wife, and daughter-in-law "Rainbow") on the show.
Upon being named a nominee for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Comedy Series, Ross has become the first black woman in 30 years to do so.
The last to achieve this same recognition was Phylicia Rashad in 1986 for her role as Clair Huxtable in The Cosby Show.
And, recognizing this rare accomplishment, Ross has been making sure to honor the women who came before her with #WCWs on Instagram.
My final #Emmys #WCW is #PhyliciaRashad! Phylicia is an accomplished stage & screen actress and director. While she was first known for her work on Broadway, she is best known as the beloved #ClairHuxtable on NBC’s The Cosby Show, earning Emmy nominations in 1985 and 1986 (the last time a black woman was nominated for Best Actress Comedy Emmy). In 2004, she made history by being the first black actress to win the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her turn as Lena Younger in “A Raisin in the Sun” on Broadway, and won a NAACP Image Award in 2009 for playing the same role in the TV adaptation 🙌🏾
However, the only black woman to win the award was Isabel Sanford in 1981 for her role in The Jeffersons.
My #WCW is none other than the original “#Weezy”, #IsabelSanford! Isabel was a stage, film & TV actress/comedian best known for her role as Louise Jefferson which actually started on All in the Family. She and her TV husband Sherman Hemsley were so popular that @TheNormanLear gave them their own show, #TheJeffersons, which ran for 11 seasons! In 1981, she became the second black actress to win a Primetime Emmy Award, and the first (and only) to win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series #Emmys
But overall, only five black actresses have ever been nominated in the category -- the other two being Diahann Carroll (Julia) and Nell Carter (Gimme a Break!) -- and that's gotta change.
Leading up to the #Emmys, I’m dedicating #WCW to the iconic black actresses who were nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy! First is the incredibly talented #DiahannCarroll, an accomplished TV/stage actress & singer! She was a trailblazer, starring in some of the earliest studio films to feature black casts, and she was also the first EVER Black Emmy nominee in 1963. She made history again in 1969, becoming the first black nominee for Best Actress, Comedy for playing the title role in Julia on NBC 🙌🏾
The incomparable #NellCarter is my #WCW! Nell was a fabulous actress and a fierce singer! She won a Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway musical Ain't Misbehavin', as well as an Emmy Award for playing the same role on TV. Nell also appeared in Annie and Dude on Broadway, and her acting and vocal chops were prominently featured in the film adaptation of Hair. However, most know her best as the no-nonsense yet lovable Nell Harper in NBC’s Gimme a Break!, earning two Best Comedy Actress #Emmys and Golden Globe nominations for her work on the show 🙌🏾