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EXCLUSIVE: Tracee Ellis Ross Reflects on First Golden Globe Win: 'Thank You for Giving Me the Baton'

by Elisa Osegueda 8:13 PM PST, January 08, 2017
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Tracee Ellis Ross Reflects on First Golden Globe Win: 'Thank You for Giving Me the Baton'

Tracee Ellis Ross is over the moon!

The Black-ish star took home her first Golden Globe award for Best Performance in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy for her role as Dr. Rainbow Johnson on the hit ABC series.

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"Look at it. It's a Golden Globe. I won a Golden Globe!" she gushed to ET's Kevin Frazier backstage at the 74th Annual Golden Globes at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on Sunday.

"Came to the Globes for the first time, won one," she added. "That’s what I did. Yeah. First time here, won one. Set the bar high for next year."

Ross' win marks the first time an African-American actress has won a Golden Globe since Debbie Allen's win in 1983.

"I don't even know what to say about that," Ross said when asked about the momentous achievement. "I feel like that is something that our industry really needs to ponder."

"Here's what I'll say," she continued. "Thank you for giving me the baton. I don't take it lightly and I have it in my hand and I won't drop it."

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When asked what her Golden Globe win means for Black-ish, Ross was quick to acknowledge the importance of the show.

"I think it means a lot for our show, it means a lot for a lot of things," she said. "I think the historical aspect of me being the first black woman in I don't know how many years, since 1983, I think for revolutionizing the wife role and what that means and how that is portrayed on television. The fact that our show represents an American family, even though we might look some way that is different than most people have imagined. Yet, that is what we are, and it represents the sameness of that, so it means lots of things. Watch our show. If you haven't, I don't know what you're doing."

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