Ana Defillo
Updated Sep 16, 2016 @ 8:06 am
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Riding high from making history as the first black woman in 30 years to be nominated for lead actress in a comedy series, Blackish star Tracee Ellis Ross, schooled Stephen Colbert on what it means to be blackish.


Days before the Emmys, the actress appeared on The Late Show Thursday night. Colbert explained he’s been asking all her co-stars, “What is blackish?” so naturally, he had to ask her as well. “I don’t know the black experience. I don’t think I know the blackish experience. What is blackish as opposed to black?”

After letting out a long uuuggghhhh, the actress did not hold back. “Being black is not a monolithic experience so our show explores what it is to be black today and how that has evolved and changed and is changing.” She continued, “It’s exploring what black is today.”

Colbert jokingly responded, “Can I have a shot at being blackish?”

Ross playfully shot back:

Well said, Ross. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

We are so excited about your nomination and wish you the best this Sunday!

Watch the whole interview below.