Last month, in a story about the way women are fighting for equal pay for equal work in Hollywood, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that black-ish actress Tracee Ellis Ross makes significantly less than her co-star Anthony Anderson.  The actress stated that if the show wasn’t able to bring her pay level up to Anderson’s, she would do less episodes to allow her to appear as a guest star on other shows to make up the pay difference.

Ross then addressed the issue via social media by writing that she “was in renegotiation, like many actors find themselves in during the fourth season of a successful show. I wanted to be compensated in a way that matches my contribution to a show that I love for many reasons, including the opportunity it allows me to reshape what it is to be a fully realized black woman on TV.”

Despite this issue, Ross announced that she will be taking the helm of a black-ish episode as director!  We are beyond excited to hear this news and can’t wait for her episode to drop!

Ross shared in a statement: “I’m so excited to share that I’m directing episode 21 of black-ish this season!  It’s not my first time directing, but it’s my first time directing here. I’ve gotta be honest: I’m a little bit nervous because I heard Tracee Ellis Ross only likes to receive direction in a whisper tone, while Anthony Anderson only likes direction given through song. … All jokes aside, I’m really looking forward to working with my TV family in a new capacity.”

Ellis Ross plays Dr. Rainbow Johnson, the comedic matriarch of the family, on the sitcom.  In 2017, the actress won a Golden Globe award for best actress in a TV series, comedy or musical for role.  This was a huge accomplishment because she became the first Black woman to win a Golden Globe in that category in 35 years. The last Black woman to take home the award was Debbie Allen for her role in the 1982 NBC series, Fame.

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