Tracee Ellis Ross and Raif can’t hold their excitement. The actress and her nephew were recently photographed while giving both serious and playful looks.


“A very serious Aunt and Nephew,” shared Tracee along with a picture of her and Raif. The two were poised and Raif held up a fist to further drive home the point of the moment being one of solemnity. Of course, the time of sternness didn’t last long as Tracee and Raif were later photographed while laughing. “We couldn’t hold it for long,” wrote the ‘Black-ish’ star.

Raif is quite the gifted little one. Not only did he master the art of reading by the age of three but he moved on to speaking three other languages in addition to English as well. Rhonda Ross, Raif’s mother, shared her son’s incredible ability to communicate in English, Spanish, Mandarin and French with fans a few years back.

“It started very innocently,” said Rhonda. “At six months is when we started introducing the French, and at a year is when I started exclusively speaking to him in French. My husband speaks to him in English. He has a babysitter that comes three afternoons a week that speaks to him only in Spanish. He also has a Chinese babysitter that comes a couple of times a week that speaks to him only in Mandarin.”

Raif is Rhonda and her husband’s only child, and Diana Ross’ oldest grandchild. He will celebrate his sixth birthday in August.



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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