Blackish Star Tracee Ellis Ross has another new project that joins her ever-growing portfolio of work as a producer. Quadruple Emmy Nominee Joins Oprah Winfrey for Hair tales, an original documentary series that will air on Winfrey’s OWN and Disney’s Hulu streaming platforms. The series focuses on the connection between black women, beauty and identity through the prism of black hair. Ross added this project to his plate just weeks after ABC’s announcement Blackish will end with Season 8.
Ross is executive producer of the series with Winfrey, Michaela angela Davis (The meaning of Mariah Carey), Tara Duncan, Raeshem Nijhon and Carri Twigg. The production companies for the series are Joy Mill Entertainment, Culture House, Tetravision, and Winfrey’s Harpo Films. It will be available on OWN and Hulu in the United States. The series will also be available internationally as an Original Star on Disney +. Hair tales will be released in 2022.
Ross and Davis are the narrators of the series, which will take viewers on a “revealing journey” that connects the stories of black women to “broader societal and historical themes,” according to the announcement. “The stories shared in the series offer an honest, layered look at the complex culture of black hair and ultimately the identity, creativity, and contributions of black women to society – all delivered with a rare blend of intelligence, humor, style, joy and justice, ”reads the description of the series.
“This series is about identity, culture and heritage, beauty, strength and joy,” Ross added in a statement. “Hair is a portal to the soul of black women, it leads us straight to the center of who we are. Our goal is to share this vibrant community, where we have a sacred space for each other. Like many others. of women, I can trace my own journey to self-acceptance through my hair. This series is personal and universal, American and global. It is a love letter to black women. “
In May, ABC and creator Kenya Barris announced that Blackish will end with its eighth season next year. ABC also canceled Mixed, the prequel series that told the story of Ross’s character, Rainbow. Ross served as the narrator for the show, while Arica Himmel played young Rainbow. Tika Sumpter and Mark-Paul Gosselaar played the roles of her parents.
After ABC announced the end of the show, Ross assured fans that Blackish will end with a bang. “The joy and pride in what we’ve done is immeasurable. Thank you for laughing, crying and growing up with the Johnsons,” she wrote on Instagram. “Thanks to [Black-ish] family; our cast, our writers and our crew, what a journey this has been with all of you. My love for you is deep! Stay tuned. It’s going to be good !”
Ross won Emmy nominations for playing Rainbow Johnson in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2020. The series also earned him a Golden Globe in 2017 and six NAACP Image Awards between 2015 and 2020. Blackish has also been nominated three times for the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series.