(Photo: Earl Gibson III, Getty Images for ESSENCE)
(Photo: Earl Gibson III, Getty Images for ESSENCE)

Tracee Ellis Ross lost her voice.

That wouldn’t normally be a problem for a lot of people (as long as it came back) but since she’s an actress, it meant that the production of her show, Black-ish, had to be delayed until she could talk. And that meant she almost missed an awards luncheon where she was receiving an award.

But don’t worry guys, she made it. She just had to get dressed in the car. “I was not prepared to be here,” she said during her acceptance speech at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards Luncheon in Beverly Hills Thursday. “I got dressed in the car — I’m unclear if what I’m wearing is see-through or not. If it is, sorry. I work out a lot. I’m 43 and I did change my undies. Sorry. That was inappropriate.”

The rest of her speech — when she wasn’t talking about her undies — wasn’t just funny, it was downright inspiring. The actress and daughter of Diana Ross brought herself to tears while accepting the Fierce and Fearless awards.

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