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Black-ish Screening at 40/40 featuring an Interview with Tracee Ellis Ross

by Nellie

black-ish-promo-imageI really wanted to title this “OH my gosh, you guys! I met Tracee Ellis Ross and shook her hand and she is so amazing and we have to support her new show Black-ish” but somehow I ran out of space.

Saturday night after Boggy Boot camp ended I was invited to have press screening for ABC’s new family comedy Black-ish. The show stars Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony Anderson and Lawrence Fishburne (!). I knew Tracee herself would be in attendance but what I didn’t expect was how awesome she would be in person.

Black-ish ABC screening tracee ellis ross

Anyone who knows me intimately knows that I am the ultimate fan of the show “Girlfriends”. I signed the petition to bring it back, I joined the FB group and I still DVR daily episodes of the show. Knowing that she was even in the room was enough for me.

When she arrived I was not shocked my how gorgeous she was because that is simply how she is all the time in my head. She came over, greeted and introduced herself every single person in the room (including me! She shook my hand!) she had all of her friends and family in the room and it was such a warm amazing environment mixed with the top brown influencers in NYC.

Black-ish ABC screening tracee ellis ross

We got to preview the pilot and I really didn’t know what to expect. I am so happy to say it was so funny! Black-ish is going to be airing right after Modern Family and it is the perfect comedy complement. I laughed out loud plenty (a lot, maybe too much–okay I might have snorted a few times). The part that I love the most was the office scenes with Anthony Anderson, I’m not going to give it all away but he is the highest ranking African American at his job and I think the reason why it resonates with me is because I know exactly what it is being brown and working in corporate America. I could have written a few of the scenes!

Black-ish ABC screening tracee ellis ross

The great part about the show is that it’s a family comedy. The types of issues that are addressed applies to every color family.

Afterwards Tracee was interviewed by the awesome social media personality Chescaleigh about the show and what it means for black women in comedy. Here is a little taste of the interview, sorry about the lighting–but it’s a good listen!


When the interview completed, there was food and drinks.


I even got a picture with Tracee! (if you look close enough you can see the thousands of squeals happening in my face)

You must support this show! I will be live tweeting when I can and my DVR is already set!

Black-ish airs on Wednesday nights at 9:30pm beginning on September 24!

Did you watch Girlfriends? Which celebrity would you struggle to keep your cool around? Will you watch Black-ish on Wednesday nights?

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Kristina Walters September 9, 2014 - 5:11 am

Another really cool event! I will be looking forward to watching the show!

Kim September 9, 2014 - 7:21 am

I’m so lame – I have never even heard of GirlFriends!!
Very cool that you got to met Tracee Ellis Ross – you look awesome in that picture with her.

Janine Huldie September 9, 2014 - 7:28 am

Ok, now I am totally jealous and wish I could have been there. But still totally awesome and you did a great job with the interview. Seriously, am looking forward to Wednesdays on ABC, because the 2 hour comedy block with Black-ish airing after Modern Family looks like a winner to me for the night for sure 🙂

Tamara September 9, 2014 - 5:10 pm

I want one of those burgers!!! Badly!! They’re Tamara-sized.
Also, you were so busy this weekend! Holy cow.
Also, that’s a GREAT time slot. I love Modern Family.

Faith September 9, 2014 - 5:52 pm

I loved Girlfriends and sooo stoked that you got to meet her! I would have been freaking out.

I cannot wait to watch Black-ish! Glad that you gave it such high reviews 🙂 And I want a burger.

Leslie September 9, 2014 - 9:46 pm

Looks like you had a great time! I suppose if you were going to leave WGS early, meeting a person like that would be a good reason!

Mrs. K September 10, 2014 - 12:36 am

What a great opportunity. Sooo awesome that you got to meet Joan, I mean Tracee Ellis Ross. LOL. I looooved that show too and was pretty bummed when it got cancelled. Looking forward to checking her new show out although I’m not really a TV watcher anymore ;(.

Michelle September 10, 2014 - 4:45 am

It looks like you had a great time. I might have to start watching tv again. I think Modern Family is hilarious when my family has it on. Does this mean I am going to have to figure out how to use the clicker?

Kimberly H. Smith September 15, 2014 - 10:11 am

How awesome is that, Nellie?! This show was already on my list for Fall shows to watch. I was a big Girlfriends fan too. Tracee has great comedic timing. She’s very talented. I like Anthony Anderson too. I’ve been watching his show Eating America on the Food Network. Looking forward to watching the ever versatile Laurence Fishburne in a comedy! Thanks for sharing.

Paula September 28, 2014 - 12:49 am

I will admit, when I heard of the show (title only), a few months ago, I slightly cringed. As a Black woman, working in corpAM, living in the ‘burbs, who was from the “hood,” I assumed it would be a marginalized, network-TV-washed version of our experiences. Open for the World to laugh AT. But, my goodness, IT WAS AWESOME! It creatively explored the militantly-rooted side of Black Culture through the grandfather, the passive nature through the children and protective Mom, then the reality of a LOT of us – currently working in environments, where we are minorities – through the father. And let me tell you, I laughed so hard! Hey, and snorted (don’t be shamed). The show had great writing (glad to see the credits tout a diverse class) and is something I will certainly tune in for. I’m also a fan of “Girfriends”… while I still feel like I’m owed an apology, an explanation or a sequel…, Black-ish, will do, lol. Glad you enjoyed and met THEE Traycee Ellis-Ross!


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