Shaunna Murphy
January 09, 2017 9:02 am
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Eagle-eyed TV fans, take note: Tracee Ellis Ross plans to hide her Golden Globe in a future episode of Black-ish, because when you’re the first Black woman to win Lead Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy since 1983, you get to do whatever the hell you want with your hard-earned trophy.

“I’m telling you right now: This is going to be in the back of every episode we’re shooting this week,” Ellis Ross, who plays Dr. Bow Johnson on the (hilarious) ABC series, joked to reporters backstage after her win. “It will just be sitting somewhere.”

Ellis Ross also reportedly kicked off her Louboutin pumps after making the trek from her seat to the stage to the press area, because the woman is nothing if not relatable.

“I said my entire speech to Meryl Streep,” she quipped. “I looked right at her and was [thinking], ‘Am I doing good?’”

And though her words to the press were light-hearted and fun, Ellis Ross’ time onstage was admirably devoted to an important topic: the lack of representation for women of color onscreen, which seemed especially important on a night where Hidden Figures and Fences were confused as “Hidden Fences” by both Jenna Bush Hager on the red carpet and presenter Michael Keaton, onstage.

When told she was the first Black woman to win her category in over 30 years backstage, Ellis Ross admitted she’d need some time to process the news, saying “I think my shoulders got a little heavier and I got a little taller at the same time.”

“[Hollywood] can be at the forefront of diversity — not just people of color … it’s people of all different ages, shapes and sizes, and making sure that the stories we tell and how we celebrate those stories actually represents the humanity that we are right now,” she concluded.

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