Let Tracee Ellis Ross' speech serve as a reminder to all of us that colorful girls are, in fact, ruling the world. That includes you.
Ah, the Golden Globes.
From Meryl Streep to Viola Davis, the aroma of encouragement and enlightenment flowed from our TV screens to our souls yesterday evening, filling us with hope while serving perfect timing during the beginning of what is anticipated to be quite the trying year for many. But it was Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross and her speech that made me glad for adding an extra layer of waterproof mascara to my makeup yesterday.
In a night that included her first trip to the Golden Globes, as well as her first nomination, Ross was surprised with a victory for Best Actress in a Television Series Comedy.
As this made her the first black woman to win the category since Debbie Allen for Fame in 1983, Tracee's speech was merely the icing on top for all of us who were tuned in.
"This is for all of the women, women of color, and colorful people, whose stories, ideas, thoughts, are not always considered worthy and valid and important. But I want you to know that I see you. We see you...
It is an honor to be on this show, Black-ish, to continue expanding the way we are seen and known, and to show the magic and the beauty and the sameness of a story and stories that are outside of where the industry usually looks..."
Scoring a win for starring in a show that addresses various topics that have been shunned from being publicly discussed in the black community in previous years, Ross purposefully dedicated her speech to women of color.
So humbly yet gracefully, she lit yet another fire underneath our spirits, speaking on the beauty that is in realizing the power of the Magical Black Girl. From healthcare professionals to creatives to astronauts and educators, the world is finally recognizing our significance. The inspiration is in abundance, and it should continue to fill us everywhere we go and with every human to human communication, like minded or not. In order to contribute to the waking of this glorious wave of harnessing our gifts to outside communities, we must continue to uplift and support our own. Let Tracee Ellis Ross' speech serve as a reminder to all of us that colorful girls are, in fact, ruling the world. That includes you.