‘Black-ish’ Star Tracee Ellis Ross Gives Emotional Speech at ‘Essence’ Awards

Tracee Ellis Ross talked about how she faces her fears while accepting the Fierce and Fearless Award at the 9th annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon.

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.

Tracee’s family was there to support her, including her siblings, Rhonda Ross Kendrick, Evan Ross and Ross Naess, as well as her father Robert Ellis Silberstein.

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.”