Tracee Ellis Ross and the PushBlack Campaign Give Forgotten Black Talent the Visibility They Deserve

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Tracee Ellis Ross has partnered up with the PushBlack campaign to help rewrite the history books by showcasing talented Black performers of the past and present.

PushBlack is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating its audience on Black culture by uplifting voices and showcasing Black talent sidelined throughout history. It’s a mission Ross has taken to heart as she announced that she will be supporting PushBlack’s work by sharing performers on her social media.

 

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Join us and @participant in honoring the life and legacy of Congressman John Lewis with a viewing of the recently released documentary, #GoodTrouble. Using present-day interviews with Lewis, the film explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family, and his fateful meeting with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. 🔗 Click the link in our bio to watch the film and RSVP for our talkback with Co-Producer, @erikaalexanderthegreat NOW – limited slots available! 🎬 Watch the film anytime between NOW and next Thursday, July 30th 🗓 Use that same link to join us on Wednesday, July 29th at 4:30 PM ET for our talkback ✊🏿 #PushBlack #BlackHistory #MakeGoodTrouble #RIPCongressmanLewis –––– PushBlack is a Black-led nonprofit dedicated to raising up Black voices. We are a small team but we have an outsized impact: We reach tens of millions of people with our BLACK HISTORY STORIES every year. We fight for CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM to protect our community. We run VOTING CAMPAIGNS that reach over 10 million African-Americans across the country. And as a nonprofit, we rely on small donations from followers like you. Click the link in our bio to subscribe to a small monthly donation or Cash App us ✅ $PushBlackNow

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Tracee Ellis Ross is an unshakeable force in Hollywood at the moment. Besides achieving critical acclaim for the hit series Black-ish, she’s asserted her presence as an unapologetic speaker of social change on social media and beyond. Following the recent deaths of Black civilians and the renewed force behind Black Lives Matter, the actress has been tirelessly educating her audience on the issues afflicting the community. Last week, for example, she participated in a Forbes Livestream discussion on diversification in the entertainment industry.

Continuing her efforts for fairer representation, she utilized her platform to educate fans on Josephine Premice. Ross posted to her Instagram about Premice, who was a trailblazing star of stage and screen for Black performers in the 1950s. Ross said in the caption “just like many Black actresses of her day” she was “either pigeonholed… or just plain overlooked by mainstream Hollywood” because of her race. It’s a narrative all too familiar for many Black performers but one we can help uproot by following Ross’s lead.

 

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I’m excited to be partnering with @wearepushblack to share stories of Black female excellence through the years! Above is the dazzling Josephine Premice, whom I discovered through my friend, the extraordinary writer and glorious human, Susan Fales-Hill (her daughter). A triple threat with a career on the stage, TV & film, Ms. Premice was at once dressed by Givenchy, sculpted by Alexander Calder and was one of the reigning queens of Manhattan society (unheard of for a Black woman at that time)—yet rejected by casting agents time and time again because of her dark skin. Her story is just like many Black actresses of her day: supremely talented, multifaceted and complex, but either pigeonholed into maid roles or just plain overlooked by mainstream Hollywood. So let’s uplift her! To learn more about this incredible woman and her many accomplishments, go to my Story. And follow @wearepushblack for more daily Black history stories!

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As we find ourselves at the crossroads of political and societal change, it is more important than ever to maintain the momentum in the movement towards equality. PushBlack relies on its follower’s donations but any support you can offer, even using your platforms (big or small), will all help uplift Black culture and history.