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Tracee Ellis Ross is the first black woman in 34 years to win best actress in a TV comedy
Tracee Ellis Ross poses in the press room at the Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 8. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty)

The last time a black woman won a Golden Globe for best actress in a TV comedy or musical series was in 1983.  That was the year Debbie Allen who won for her role in “Fame.” She would go on to be nominated again in 1984 and 1985.

Isabel Sanford, another black actress, was also nominated five times between 1977 and 1985, but she never won.

The drought ended Sunday night, when Tracee Ellis Ross won for her role on ABC’s “Blackish.”

Days before the Sunday’s show, Allen tweeted well-wishes to Ross and Issa Rae, another black woman nominated in the category (she’s the lead in HBO’s “Insecure”).

In her acceptance speech, Ross spoke to the significance of the award not just for her but for all women of color.

“This is for all the women, women of color and colorful people whose stories, ideas and thoughts are not always considered worthy, important and valid,” Ross said. “I see you. We see you.”

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