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09.11.2020

ET DIGITAL EXCLUSIVELY DEBUTS THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION OF ‘GIRLFRIENDS’ WITH TRACEE ELLIS ROSS AND ORIGINAL CO-STARS

 

ET DIGITAL EXCLUSIVELY DEBUTS THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION OF ‘GIRLFRIENDS’ WITH TRACEE ELLIS ROSS AND ORIGINAL CO-STARS

 

Tracee Ellis Ross, Jill Marie Jones, Golden Brooks and Persia White Back Together to Celebrate the Legacy of the Groundbreaking Series

 

 

https://www.etonline.com/girlfriends-cast-tracee-ellis-ross-reunite-for-20th-anniversary-exclusive-152787

 

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September 11, 2020 (Los Angeles, CA) - Our favorite Girlfriends are getting back together! To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the sitcom’s debut on Sept. 11, 2000, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jill Marie Jones, Golden Brooks and Persia White reunited over Zoom to look back on the series and celebrate its lasting legacy. But before they shared with fans, the foursome exclusively asked ET to debut their digital celebration.

 

We’ve grown up together, the four of us,” Brooks says, after the women finished toasting each other. “We have come into our own. I have so many moments with each and every one of you that I can say, ‘That made me a better person.’” She adds, “That’s what eight to 10 years does.”

 

Created by Mara Brock Akil, the series followed the lives of four Black women -- Joan (Ross), Maya (Brooks), Lynn (White) and Toni (Jones) -- as they faced “life’s test and triumphs together.” Over the course of eight seasons, they went from dating to divorce, faced families and friends, embraced their differing backgrounds and remained loyal friends no matter what.

 

In the 27-minute video, the cast digs way back to the start of the series, reminiscing about the first time they met as a cast and immediately had to do a photo shoot together. “We had to go through some hair things,” White recalls, before Ross chimes in to say, “The hair journey on Girlfriends, it is such a journey.”

 

You could tell what we were going through by our hairstyles,” Brooks adds as the women crack up.

 

Not only that, but Jones reveals that several of them had braces early on. “We had full-on braces,” she says. And even though they were the clear kind -- which were meant to be invisible to viewers -- “you could tell something was off,” White adds.

 

Of course, ET was there from the very beginning -- on set with the cast as they filmed season one, where they explained what set this series apart from the rest of the TV landscape.

 

Seriously, this is, like, a really big deal,” Jones said at the time, while Ross added, “I don’t have to walk around saying I am a woman of color, I am a woman of color, so it doesn’t have to be every joke out of my mouth. It is who I am and I think the way the show deals with it is so refreshing.”

 

Ross concludes the reunion by saying, “I feel so proud of what we did together.”