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Rashida Jones Guest Stars in All-New ‘black-ish’

April 25, 2017

Rashida Jones, daughter of legendary producer Quincy Jones and “Mod Squad” actress Peggy Lipton, guest-stars in all-new, back-to-back episodes of “black-ish,” airing at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday on ABC. Jones is currently starring in “Angie Tribeca” on TBS.

In “black-ish,” starring Anthony Anderson as Andre “Dre” Johnson and Tracee Ellis Ross as his wife, Rainbow “Bow” Johnson, a successful family man worries that his four children are losing touch with Black culture because they are growing up in an affluent, mostly white neighborhood.

In Wednesday’s first episode, titled “Sister, Sister,” Bow’s sister, Santamonica (Rashida Jones) comes to town after filming a stint on a reality show, and the two couldn’t have less in common. Meanwhile, Zoey (Yara Shahidi) suggests that Dre spend more time with Junior (Marcus Scribner) since she’s leaving for college, and twins Jack (Miles Brown) and Diane (Marsai Martin) decide to re-brand themselves.

Decorated actress/playwright Anna Deavere-Smith, who last appeared on the show in season two, guest stars as Bow and Santamonica’s mother, Alicia, while Tony and Grammy Award winner Daveed Diggs (“Hamilton”) appears in the recurring role of their brother, Johan.

In “All Groan Up,” airing at 9:30 p.m., Zoey gets accepted to several colleges around the country, leading Dre and Bow to reflect back on memories they’ve had with the family, and wonder what life will be like without her around. Meanwhile, Pops (Laurence Fishburne) enlists the twins to try and sway Zoey to go to college in a city they want to visit.

At the 2017 Golden Globes held in January, Tracee Ellis Ross won the award for Best Actress in a TV Comedy or Musical for her portrayal of Rainbow, becoming the first Black woman to win that category in 35 years. The last recipient of that award was Debbie Allen back in 1982 for the TV show “Fame.”

The honor marked the first Golden Globe nomination and win for Ellis Ross, who said in her gracious acceptance speech, “This is for all of the women, women of color, and colorful people, whose stories, ideas, thoughts are not always considered worthy and valid and important. But I want you to know that I see you. We see you.”

The network states that “black-ish also received Golden Globe nominations in other major categories including Best Actor in a TV Comedy or Musical (Anthony Anderson) and Best Television Series — Comedy.

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