They’ve invaded our homes and taken over our lives as Andre and Rainbow Johnson, the well-meaning couple bringing up the kooky and lovable family in which we all see a bit of our own households on ABC’s hit show, black-ish.
Now, for the second year in a row, Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross will grace our screens as they take to the stage to host the 16th annual BET Awards.
In its 16 years of existence, the BET Awards has seen its share of 15 total hosts. Five of those years have included a hosting duo. This is one of those five, and it seems that BET is determined to make this the best yet, and with good reason.
At the height of the resurgence of Afro-centricity and the now very social fight for upward mobility for all minorities in all walks of life, the awards show created as a means of celebrating African-Americans and other minorities in all fields of entertainment has evolved into something of a conclusive ritual, and it couldn’t have found itself in better company than the forenamed Anderson-Ross duo.
While they each have very well planted their own individual stakes in Black culture and pop culture worldwide as the perfectly-crafted archetypal comedic relief and the accomplished girl-next-door respectively, the pairing has produced a match made in small-screen heaven and—and we’ve got about 10 reasons as to why they’re so great together.
Here they are:
10. They come with a worry-free laughter guarantee: This pair has something of a comedic chemistry, and have never really backed down from a challenge of the hilarious sorts, and there is just no avoiding the fact that they’ll manage to crack you a few times before the night is through.
9. They certainly aren’t new to this: before they were dishing out life lessons and non-stops laughs as sitcom parents and seemingly seasoned hosts, Tracee Ellis Ross was already doing it for single women everywhere as Joan Carol Clayton, Esq. on UPN’s Girlfriends for a healthy run of eight years. Anthony was making his comedic genius known, starring and making appearances in hits like The Bernie Mac Show, Barbershop, and even starring in his own sitcom All About the Andersons.
8. Simply put. These two look good.
7. They look even better together!
6. They weren’t always each other’s cup of tea: Interestingly enough, there may have trouble in paradise, or something pretty close to it before they officially began working together. “I hated him,” admitted Ross at the fourth annual Paleyfest. “I hated him and I had a justified reason. …Anthony has a heart of gold but it’s covered in shards of glass. No, I’m serious. If you come at him you will get cut. And if you’re somebody who thinks they can say, ‘Well, I didn’t like that you did that…’ You’ll only get cut more.”
5. They might be the modern day Huxtables: On their show, the two play successful African-American professionals, tackling the daily antics and challenges of family life. Sound familiar? The beauty of black-ish, however, is its unapologetic means of speaking on issues all too well. Geared towards African-Americans and other members of the Black diaspora, it’s a perfect ode to Black life and its subtle differences.
3. They’re just as talented as everyone else in the room: Along with being masters of the evening’s ceremonies, the two are nominated for a few awards themselves. Ross is up for Best Actress and Anderson is up for Best Actor, both for their roles in Black-ish. Apparently, it runs in the family as their on-screen daughter Yara Shahidi is nominated for the Young Stars Award.
2. They always do it for the culture: In true fashion, the two have always done the Black community right. Their roles on-screen don’t stray too much from the truth as they’ve often spoken up and spoken out about issues we all face daily.
1.A hint of magic: Sometimes that may just be all you need to really need to set something off. “We come alive in front of people and in front of each other,” Ross once told Entertainment Weekly. “The relationship between the two of us, magic just starts to happen. I feel like we’re an old comedy duo, like somehow we’re great apart but we’re great together too.”