Tracee Joy Silberstein (born October 29, 1972), known professionally as Tracee Ellis Ross, is an American actress, singer, television host, producer and director. She is known for her lead roles in the television series Girlfriends (2000–2008) and Black-ish (2014–present). Ross owns Pattern Beauty, a hair-care line for curly hair.Ross is the daughter of actress and Motown recording artist Diana Ross and Robert Ellis Silberstein. She began acting in independent films and variety series. She hosted the pop-culture magazine The Dish on Lifetime. From 2000 to 2008, she played the starring role of Joan Clayton in the UPN/CW comedy series Girlfriends, for which she received two NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. She also has appeared in the films Hanging Up (2000), I-See-You.Com (2006), and Daddy's Little Girls (2007), before returning to television playing Dr. Carla Reed on the BET sitcom Reed Between the Lines (2011), for which she received her third NAACP Image Award.Since 2014, Ross has played the starring role of Dr. Rainbow Johnson in the ABC comedy series Black-ish. Her work on the series has earned her three NAACP Image Awards and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy. She has also received nominations for two Critics' Choice Television Awards and four Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. In 2019, she co-created a prequel spin-off of Black-ish titled Mixed-ish. In 2020, Ross starred and recorded the soundtrack album for the musical film, The High Note.
Born Tracee Joy Silberstein in Los Angeles, California, she is the daughter of Motown singer/actress Diana Ross and music business manager Robert Ellis Silberstein. Actor and musician Evan Ross is her half-brother. Her father is Jewish. Her mother is African-American and a Baptist. She adopted the name Tracee Ellis Ross, wishing to retain both of her parents' names after her father dropped the name Silberstein. She has two sisters: Rhonda Ross Kendrick and Chudney Lane Silberstein.When her mother married Arne Næss Jr. in 1985, Tracee gained three step-siblings: Katinka, Christoffer, and folk singer Leona Naess; she remains on close terms with all of them. Before her mother and Naess divorced in 1999, they welcomed her two half-brothers, Ross Arne in 1987 and Evan Ross in 1988. After the divorce Naess married Camilla Astrup.Ross attended The Dalton School in Manhattan, Riverdale Country School in the Bronx and the Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland. She was a model in her teens. She attended Brown University, where she appeared in plays, and graduated in 1994 with a theatre degree. She later worked in the fashion industry, as a model and contributing fashion editor to Mirabella and New York magazines.
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The Runaway Bunny
The illustrations of Clement Hurd and the poetry of Margaret Wise Brown were brought to life by The Runaway Bunny. The film is an exploration of love and childhood and features a restless little bunny...
Growing Up Animal
The development of baby animals on the magical journey from the safety of the womb to the challenges of the wild is a heart-warming story.
Anthological series that uses the boldest issues of our times as a jumping-off point to tell singular, character-driven stories about the world we live in today.
The High Note
The story of Grace Davis, a superstar whose talent, and ego, have reached unbelievable heights, is set in the dazzling world of the LA music scene. Grace's personal assistant is stuck running and stil...
Sesame Street: Elmo's Playdate
Part of Sesame Workshop's "Caring for Each Other" Initiative, Sesame Street: Elmo's Playdate offers families a moment of joy and connection in challenging times.
"That Click" is a documentary about legendary photographer Douglas Kirkland that depicts sixty years of pop culture ranging from photojournalism to celebrity portraits, from film photography to global...
Love, Loss, and What I Wore
The amusing and heartwarming play uses clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger to tell funny and often poignant stories that all women can relate to, creating one of the most enduring t...
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This Changes Everything
An investigative look and analysis of gender disparity in Hollywood, featuring accounts from well-known actors, executives and artists in the Industry.
In her memoir, Rainbow Johnson talks about growing up in a mixed-race family that had to decide whether to stay true to themselves or not.
A Little Late with Lilly Singh
Lilly Singh is a comedian, actress, social media sensation, producer and author of "How to be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life." She hosts celebrity interviews, talks current events, performs music...
Tamron Hall is a former news host and journalist.
The Kelly Clarkson Show
The biggest newsmakers and names in film, television and music, as well as emerging new talent and everyday people who are beacon of hope in their communities, are presented by Kelly Clarkson.
Desus & Mero
The first ever weekly late-night talk show on Showtime features Desus and Mero speaking off the cuff and chatting with guests at the intersection of pop culture, sports, music, politics and more.
One morning before a do-or-die presentation, a tech mogul wakes up in the body of her 13-year-old self. Everything is on the line and April is the only one who knows about the secret that her tormento...
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When celebrity duos ride along in a car together as they sing, fans who don't expect to see big stars belting out tunes one lane over are surprised. The segment on The Late Late Show with James Corden...
Music Is My Mistress
Music is My Mistress casts music herself as the central character of an unfolding drama across cultures, space, and time.
The Gong Show
Unique performers demonstrate their artistry in front of Hollywood judges in this update of the kitschy '70s talent show, which features the worst performances being cut short by bangs on the gong.
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It's not her first talk show, but it is the first of its kind. She likes ideas, people and places in her unique style.
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Lip Sync Battle
Two celebrities are performing. The co-hosting of the show had commentary from a social media star. After the microphone is off, the battle begins.
Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter
Some of this year's most talked about talent open up about the challenges and triumphs of creating critically acclaimed series and performances.
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A family man struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly white, upper-middle-class neighborhood.
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Reed Between the Lines
The American television family sitcom is called Reed Between the Lines. There is a person named Griffin. It aired on BET. The Game and Let's Stay Together were added to the fall 2012 television schedu...
The impact of breast cancer on people's lives is explored in an anthology of short films.
The true-life story of a mother who overcame an addiction to crack and became a positive role model and AIDS activist in the black community.
Daddy's Little Girls
Monty is raising his daughters while trying to make ends meet. Monty is desperate to get his daughters back. Monty and Julia are not the same, but a flame ignites and sparks love and conflict.
A 17-year-old boy buys mini-cameras and displays the footage online at I-see-you.com. The cash rolls in as the site becomes a major hit. Everyone seems to have fun until it all comes crashing down.......
Kanye West: College Dropout - Video Anthology
A collection of music videos and behind the scenes footage released to promote Kanye West's upcoming debut album, College Dropout. The compilation features the videos to the previously unreleased "Two...
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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
A Las Vegas team of forensic investigators are trained to solve criminal cases by combing the crime scene, collecting irrefutable evidence and finding the missing pieces that solve the mystery.
Three sisters bond over their ambivalence towards the approaching death of their father.
Girlfriends is an American comedy-drama sitcom that premiered on September 11, 2000, on UPN and aired on UPN's successor network, The CW, before being cancelled in 2008. The final episode aired on Feb...
A Fare to Remember
A high powered business executive takes on an assignment on Christmas Eve, knowing that she is going to get married immediately after the holiday. She had to get to LA after arriving at the Seattle ai...
Race Against Fear
No one but the young track star's mother will believe her story of being raped by her coach.
An unemployed ex-office worker searching for work floats a fragile line of sanity as she struggles to find friends. When a man whom she met in a restaurant and started an affair with is called to go t...
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Late Night with Conan O'Brien
Late Night with Conan O'Brien is an American late-night talk show hosted by Conan O'Brien that aired 2,725 episodes on NBC between 1993 and 2009. The show featured varied comedic material, celebrity i...
Standing Room Only: Diana Ross
If ever there’s a moment that brilliantly and perfectly illustrates the star-power possessed by Diana Ross, it is the opening of her 1978-1979 stage show, captured on tape for this Home Box Office tel...