‘Black-ish’ Star Tracee Ellis Ross Gives Emotional Speech at ‘Essence’ Awards
The gala took place on Thursday in Beverly Hills, shortly after regaining her voice in the wake of being sick.
The 43-year-old actress and daughter of iconic signer, Diana Ross, confessed to the audience:
I was terrified when I lost my voice, but I have come to understand and listen to the fear. I walk towards it and I lean into it to find information – and things that it has to teach me.
Black-ish recently aired an episode that tackled national race relations issues that has been receiving rave critical reviews for how it handled a divisive political topic.
Ross finished her speech by saying, “I don’t always feel fierce, but I do feel like a rock star being human.”
It was so awesome having my incredible and gorgeous sis @TheRhondaRoss present me the @EssenceMag Fierce & Fearless award!! AND she was ready to give my speech for me when I thought I couldn’t make it to the luncheon! Thank u Rhonda for being the best big sis and for the words you said about me! I LOVE YOU!!! #blackish #Essence #BlackWomenInHollywood #RossFamilyRocks