Gabrielle Union and Tracee Ellis Ross opened up about diversity (or lack there of) on television in ELLE’s Women in TV issue.
For Union, who stars in the BET series “Being Mary Jane,” television is seriousl lagging when it comes to people of color on the small screen.
“The ratings show all kinds of people relate, not just black women,” Union said. “If we can have drones, we can have brown people on TV, and the world won’t end! We need to catch up. We are painfully behind.”
The 42-year-old, who just married NBA star Dwyane Wade, also revealed she was up for the role of Olivia Pope in “Scandal” before it went to Kerry Washington.
“How many times was there going to be a show about a black woman run by a black woman?” she said of the Shonda Rhimes’ drama. “I thought it was lightning in a bottle.”

“Blackish” star Tracee Ellis Ross also agreed with Union about diversity on TV, but feels race shouldn’t be a “thing” today.
“In 1950, the black experience was specific,” says Ross, who is the daughter of Diana Ross. “But in this day and age, it isn’t. Race, culture, family, socioeconomics, tradition—we’re pulling from all those places to pull the whole conversation forward.”
While the two stars dished on the serious topic, and we admire them for shedding a spotlight on the major issue, we couldn’t get over how great they looked.
Union and Ross were photographed by Nagi Sakai for the February issue of the magazine, with Union sporting an black Altazurra vest with black veil and flower in her hair. Ross was the complete opposite, wearing a white Calvin Klein gown and full length white overcoat by Maison Martin Margiela.