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The John­sons in sit­com Black-ish (2014cur­rent) are a typ­i­cal sub­ur­ban fam­ily. They’re lead­ing happy, healthy lives and find­ing their feet in a crazy world, led by dad An­dre Sr (An­thony An­der­son) and mom Rain­bow (Tracee El­lis Ross). But be­hind the scenes, there’s a lot of not-so-typ­i­cal stuff go­ing on, like …

Tracee’s real life grow­ing up was 1

any­thing but typ­i­cal and sub­ur­ban – she’s the daughter of iconic singer Diana Ross, most fa­mous for her 1965 hit song Stop! In The Name Of Love.

And Tracee isn’t the only one with 2

music in the fam­ily – Jenifer Lewis (An­dre’s mom Ruby) sang back-up for Bette Mi­dler in 1983 and 1984. She even men­tions it in character when Ruby tells Rain­bow, “I lived in New York and per­formed with Di­vine Miss B” – (sea­son 2 episode 23, May 2016).

While Grandma Ruby is An­dre’s 3

mom on the show, 59-year-old Jenifer is only 13 years older than An­thony. Like­wise, Lau­rence Fish­burne, who plays An­dre’s dad Pops, is only nine years older than 46-year-old An­thony.

Black-ish isn’t the first time that 4

Jenifer and Lau­rence have worked to­gether. In 1993, she played his mother-in-law Zelma Bul­lock in the com­edy movie What’s Love Got To Do With It.

While Black-ish is all about love 5

and fam­ily, Tracee didn’t get along with An­thony be­fore film­ing started as she thought he was “just an­other ar­ro­gant co­me­dian”. She jokes now that “I hated him. An­thony has a heart of gold but it’s cov­ered in shards of glass”.

And although Tracee learns her 6

lines by heart, that hasn’t stopped her from stash­ing scripts all over the set. “Oh they’re ev­ery­where,” she says. “In the kitchen draw­ers, in the fridge, in the closet… just in case I need a re­fresh.”

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