After an abrupt disappearance from television with the cancellation of “Reed Between the Lines,” Tracee Ellis Ross will make a return alongside Anthony Anderson with the ABC sitcom “Black-ish.” Ross and Anderson will play a middle-class African-American family raising their four children in a predominately white upper-middle-class neighborhood while trying to find a sense of cultural identity. The show will also include Laurence Fishburne as Anderson’s father. His production company, Gypsy Cinema is working in conjunction with ABC Studios and writer Kenya Barris to bring the comedy to life.
In addition to looking fabulous on the August cover of Upscale, Tracee Ellis Ross offers up some wise words about love and the definition of blackness.
On what it means to be black:
“What is blackness? What is being black? Who defines that and do we need to define that? I don’t have the answers to all of those questions but I think these are the conversations we’re all still having.”
“The beauty of the show is that it’s just a family comedy, but it has another layer to it. I don’t know what I necessarily want people to think or talk about after watching it but for me in general with cultural identity, racial identity and feminist identity, dialogue is important. People communicating in a light and open way about issues that have a lot of depth and weight to them is a great thing.”
On loving her body:
“I’m proud of my body—I work very hard to keep my body at 41 years-old, because my booty could drop… Gravity is not a joke.”
On love and relationship advice:
“Any one rule [as it pertains to romantic relationships] that people think works everywhere is just not true. In general, with everything it’s an intimate discovery of trusting yourself and allowing yourself the room to have curiosity about life and self.”
The August issue of Upscale is on stands now. Check out the trailer for “Black-ish” which begins airing September 24 on ABC.