BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Tracee Ellis Ross says her upcoming role on the ABC comedy Black-ish allows her to be who she really is: a biracial woman.

“I am both (black and white) and yet I identify as a black woman,” said the 41-year-old actress Tuesday at the Television Critics Association annual summer press tour. Ross’ parents are singer Diana Ross and music executive Robert Ellis Silberstein.

“It’s really fun for me to actually play a mixed girl on television. I am actually out (pause) as a mixed woman,” she laughed.

On Black-ish Ross is the wife of Anthony Anderson’s character, who worries they’ve lost touch with their ethnicity.

She said their TV marriage is rare because it’s a happy, healthy relationship, rather than dysfunctional.

“The comedy between this couple does not come from them hating each other,” Ross said.

Black-ish also stars Laurence Fishburne, who has a role on NBC’s Hannibal. Fishburne says he won’t do a full season of either series so he has time for both.

Black-ish premieres in September.

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7 thoughts on “‘Black-ish’ Role Reflects Real Life For Tracee Ellis Ross

  1. Theresa on said:

    Traci is biracial; however, I get amazes when people like Traci and others get upset when people tell them they are NOT black enough. If you are going to except being biracial, be biracial; however, do not put yourself in the same boat as someone who has both black parents and who consider themselves blacker than you because they are blacker than you.

    • Amber on said:

      Oh please, Tom is black and love his people. He is not biracial; and even if he want, if he is getting more love from blacks than whites, then he is BLACK. Tom does NOT benefit from whites so why claim it.

  2. Dean on said:

    Yes, Traci Ellis Ross is not black and she’s not white. She’s mixed, biracial or mulatto–just like President Obama.

    • Robert on said:

      No one seriously calls their self mulatto. Even back in the 1800s when some of our ancestors were labeled mulatto on census records, etc they did not self identify as that offensive term.

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