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-ishrecently 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