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Yolonda Ross (‘The Chi’) on the Lena Waithe series and the reputation of her hometown: ‘Chicago has gotten a bad rap’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Yolonda Ross (‘The Chi’) on the Lena Waithe series and the reputation of her hometown: ‘Chicago has gotten a bad rap’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Chicago native Yolonda Ross was excited to participate in “The Chi” because it presented her city “in a positive way.” Though crime happens everywhere, “Chicago really has gotten a bad rap,” so Ross was compelled by the way that creator Lena Waithe made “characters and situations personal, so that people could get how some of these things can actually happen.” This Showtime ensemble drama, also starring Jason Mitchell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine and Sonja Sohn, examines life on the South Side of Chicago and ended its 10-episode first season in March. It will be back for a second season. Watch our exclusive video interview with Ross above.

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Ross plays Jada Washington, a single mother working as a nurse to raise her son, Emmett (Jacob Latimore). Looking after a young black

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