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Black-ish Star Tracee Ellis Ross Surprises Spelman College Students on Zoom

May 2020

Ahead of the season finales of “black-ish” and “mixed-ish” on  Tuesday, May 5, 2020, Tracee Ellis Ross surprised over 60 students of Spelman College’s English and Honors programs on Thursday evening on video chat.

The Emmy Award-nominated, NAACP and Golden Globe-winning star of “black-ish,” and executive producer of “mixed-ish” answered questions that the students had about careers in the entertainment industry, how and where to get started, the importance of authentic storytelling, and behind-the-scenes facts about “black-ish” and “mixed-ish.”

What to Expect From the ABC Season Finales

In the season finale of “black-ish,” Dre can’t come to terms with his new reality when he discovers something shocking about Pops and Ruby. Junior feels the pressure to find love and tries to rekindle a past romance with a grand gesture on an all-new episode, “Love, Boat,” Tuesday, May 5 (9:30–10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.

In the season finale of "mixed-ish," Alicia and Paul are both offered jobs to work on Jesse Jackson's presidential campaign, but Alicia's law firm makes her an enticing offer to stay. Rainbow struggles to define her racial identity as "mixed" when she's given a form to answer "black" or "white" on an all-new episode, "You Got It All," Tuesday, May 5 (9:00-9:30 p.m. EDT), on ABC.

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About Dr. Alexandria Lockett

Alexandria LockettDr. Alexandria Lockett, assistant professor of English at Spelman facilitated the surprise visit by Ross and served as the moderator during the video chat. At Spelman, her primary goals are to strengthen Spelman's writing cultures by increasing the visibility and impact of writing at HBCUs.

She has held three major leadership roles affiliated with Spelman’s Comprehensive Writing Program (CWP), which include serving as chair of the First-Year Writing committee (2014-2016), co-chair of the Writing-Intensive initiative (2016-2018), as well as serving on the Writing-Intensive Checklist Committee (2016-present) and the SpelFolio Assessment Jury (2014-present). In addition, she served on Spelman’s Educational Technology committee (2016-2019).

Dr. Lockett cultivated significant applied expertise in technical/professional writing, teaching with technology, and writing program administration in a range of learning sites such as writing centers, career services, and hybrid classrooms.  As an alumna of both the Ronald E. McNair post-baccalaureate and the Bill Gates Millennium scholars programs, her experience with writing and communication includes a special emphasis on access and inclusion.

In particular, she has worked with diverse demographics of college writers representing various genders, ethnicities, nationalities, physical dis/abilities, academic disciplines, and programs—at both the undergraduate and graduate levels—in the capacities of tutor, consultant, mentor, editor, career assistant, administrator, and instructor. Through this work, she is committed to bringing low-income people (especially the historically underserved and legally disenfranchised) into contact with the literacies they need to effectively reduce economic barriers that inhibit them from attaining their fullest potential.

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