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Tracee Ellis Ross is an award-winning actress and producer best known for her roles in ABC’s award-winning series BLACK-ISH and GIRLFRIENDS. For her role in BLACK-ISH, as a comedic leading actress, Ross won the Golden Globe Award in 2017, and was nominated for five Emmys and two Critics Choice Awards.


Ross has won nine NAACP Image Awards throughout her career. Ross will executive produce and narrate THE HAIR TALES, a docuseries about Black women, beauty, and identity through the lens of Black hair. It will debut on the Oprah Winfrey Network’s cable channel and Hulu on October 22.

Ross is also producing a ten-episode podcast, I Am America, which shines a light on unsung heroes in America. Additionally, Ross will star in and executive produce the animated MTV Entertainment Studios film JODIE, a spinoff of MTV’s iconic DARIA franchise.


Ross is also CEO and founder of PATTERN Beauty, the haircare brand she created for the curly, coily, and tight-textured masses in 2019. 


In 2018, Ross became the first Black woman to open the TED Conference. Her larger mission is to create fundamental change that allows safety, equity, and freedom for everyone, with a particular emphasis on supporting and uplifting Black women and girls.

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