Kerry Washington sends Tracee Ellis Ross a sweet, personalized gift in honor of her ‘Girlfriends’ character and other black TV lawyers

Tracee Ellis Ross She recently took to her Instagram page to showcase the gift she received from another actress Kerry Washington.

In the Nov. 12 post, Ross was seen posing at various locations around her home wearing a black personalized sweatshirt that featured the first names of black female television advocates, including the 50-year-old’s “Girlfriends” character Joan Clayton .

Tracee Ellis Ross reveals Kerry Washington gave her a sweater that featured black TV lawyers, including the actress’ Girlfriends character Joan Clayton. Photo: @traceeellisross/Instagram

The sweatshirt also featured other iconic characters such as The Cosby Show’s Clair Huxtable, Living Single’s Maxine Shaw, Insecure star Molly Carter, How to Get Away with Murder star Annalize Keating and Washington’s Scandal star Character Olivia Pope.

In addition to the pictures, Ross Washington called out for the gift and promoted the 45-year-old’s new legal drama Hulu, Reasonable Doubt.

She wrote: “As a former attorney for Black Woman TV (Joan Carol Clayton, Esq) I have no objections! Thanks to my friend @kerrywashington for designing this cute sweatshirt to celebrate #BlackWomenTVLawyers in honor of their legal drama @reasonabledoubthulu!”

Ross’ post comes a day after Washington revealed how the sweatshirt was made.

While welcoming Emayatzy Corinealdi’s “Reasonable Doubt” character Jax Stewart to the black women’s lawyers’ club on television, Washington shared that The Black Lawyers Podcast designed the shirt. The purpose of the company behind the shirt’s design is to support scholarships for black law students worldwide.

Kerry Washington Photo: @kerrywashington/Instagram

Washington wrote in her caption: “Welcome to the club Jax. #BlackWomenTVLawyers. This shirt was inspired by a design by @TheBlackLawyersPodcast. Less than 2.5% of lawyers are black women, but they are working to change that! Check them out at”

In the past, Ross has shown appreciation for her hit series Girlfriends and her character Joan Clayton by sharing various throwbacks on her social media page.

In May 2022, Ross opened up about how she felt about the abrupt ending of “Girlfriends.” The hit series ran on UPN for eight seasons from 2000 to 2008 and followed the lives of four friends. “Girlfriends” starred Ross, Golden Brooks, Jill Marie Jones, Persia White and Reggie Hayes.

During an interview with Deadline’s Pete Hammond, Ross revealed that during the show’s eighth and final season, no one knew that the show was canceled because they had 13 episodes left to film.

Ross said: “We had 13 more episodes to do – we never did them. We didn’t have a graduation party. We didn’t know we were ending. The last moment wasn’t with all our writers and everyone. It wasn’t a ceremonial end.”

She added, while referencing a Writers Guild of America strike, “Our last episode that we shot was during the Writers’ Strike and I actually directed it. It was my first time directing. It wasn’t fun because it was really bizarre, it was surreal. Um, but then we just kind of faded away.” Kerry Washington sends Tracee Ellis Ross a sweet, personalized gift in honor of her ‘Girlfriends’ character and other black TV lawyers

James Brien

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