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Debbie Allen to be honored at 2016 Black Women in Hollywood Event

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LAS VEGAS - SEPTEMBER 24: Actress and choreographer Debbie Allen arrives at the screening of ''Fame'' at the Paris Las Vegas September 24, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The film opens nationwide in the United States on September 25. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Harrah's)

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Icon Debbie Allen is being honored with the Legend award at the upcoming Black Women in Hollywood extravaganza, according to a report released by ESSENCE earlier today.

Debbie is a three-time Emmy Award-winning choreographer/director, dancer, actress, singer, author, and television producer. She had built up a solid reputation in Hollywood as a go-to powerhouse. She frequently works with programs to support the Arts and is a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. Debbie is the co-owner and founder of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles. In 1997 Debbie worked alongside Steven Spielberg as one of the director’s for Amistad. She played herself in the remake of the TV show Fame. She has continued directing for television including episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, That’s So Raven, and the Lifetime movie biopic The Fantasia Barrino Story: Life Is Not a Fairy Tale. She has also worked as a director on the American sitcoms “Girlfriends” and “Everybody Hates Chris”. Since 2007, Debbie has been a frequent judge on the FOX reality dance competition, “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Debbie has been honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Women in Radio and Television. In 1991, she received her star on the Hollywood walk of Fame for her achievements in television.

Other honorees include entertainment attorney Nina Shaw, who will be presented with the Lincoln Power award and Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross, who will scoop up the Fierce & Fearless award.

In a climate where the conversation surrounding the roles, contributions and recognition of African-Americans in Hollywood is heavily charged, ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Vanessa K. De Luca points out the importance of the event, the magazine said.

“We are delighted to continue the tradition of honoring exceptionally talented women who are making significant contributions as creators and performers in Hollywood. At a time when the conversation about diversity in Hollywood remains prevalent, recognizing the indomitable power and presence of Tracee Ellis Ross, Debbie Allen and Nina Shaw at our annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon embraces an inclusive and diverse Hollywood community.”

The Black star power doesn’t end with the phenomenal honorees! The event will also feature appearances by Oprah Winfrey, Shonda Rhimes, Nick Cannon, Ryan Coogler and Zendaya to name a few.

Fans can get full access to the event by tuning into the live stream on ESSENCE.com starting at 12:15 p.m. PT/3:15 p.m ET on February 25.

 

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James Corden to Host 70th Annual Tony Awards

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CBS has announced that The Late Show Host and Tony Award-winning actor James Corden will serve as host for the 70th Annual Tony Awards.

James Corden is a multi-faceted performer, host, writer and producer with accomplishments that span television, theater, film and comedy. Since Corden took the helm of THE LATE LATE SHOW, the show has consistently been the most social talk show in its time period according to Nielson Social.

In a statement, Corden said, “I’m absolutely thrilled to be hosting the Tony Awards. Both times I’ve worked on Broadway have been amongst the happiest times of my professional life. I consider it to be a huge honor to be asked to host such an incredible night. It’s going to be fun; I can’t wait to dust off my tap shoes!”

“James is one of those rare performers whose gifts translate perfectly to both the Broadway stage and the television screen, making him the ideal choice to host the Tony Awards. The last time he was at the Tonys, he went home with one. We think he’ll have even more fun as host. This is going to be one unforgettable show,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League, and Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing in a statement.

“We are thrilled to have James Corden not only as a member of the CBS family, but as host of this year’s Tony Awards. James is the ultimate performer – actor, singer and comedian – and the perfect choice to host this prestigious and always entertaining live television event,” added Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President Specials, Music and Live Events for CBS Entertainment.

Corden took the reins of THE LATE LATE SHOW on March 23, 2015, and with the success of Carpool Karaoke and other shows on the official YouTube channel, his popularity has skyrocketed. Corden”s buzzworthy viral videos, have garnered over 410 million views and 1.84 million subscribers for the show’s YouTube channel.

Corden came to American late night television with a growing list of award-winning and critically acclaimed credits. He is a Tony Award-winning performer on Broadway, a BAFTA-winning star of a UK television series, a feature film actor, and an acclaimed host, writer and producer in several genres of television. Corden hosts the BAFTA Award-winning UK sports-themed comedy game show “A League of Their Own” on Sky 1 and starred in, produced and wrote the BAFTA nominated comedy thriller “The Wrong Mans,” which is available on Hulu and airs on the BBC. Also, he appeared in the BBC television movie “Esio Trot,” alongside Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench. Outside of his native England, Corden attracted international attention as the lead in the hit comedic play “One Man, Two Guvnors,” performing first in the National Theatre and the West End in London and then on Broadway, which earned him the 2012 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Play. His additional theater credits include the worldwide tour of “The History Boys” in the role of Timms, which he also played in the feature film adaptation, according to Broadway World.

The 2016 Tony Awards: Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment will return as executive producers of the Tony Awards. Weiss will also serve as director for the 17th consecutive year.

The American Theatre Wing’s 70th Annual Tony Awards will air on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, June 12, 2016(8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City. The Tony Awards, which honors theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, has been broadcast on CBS since 1978. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

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Adele says Donald Trump does not have permission to use her music

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Superstar singer Adele has not given permission for her music to be used by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

CNN reported that Adele asked the campaign to stop using her songs.

“Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning,” an Adele representative said in a statement. “We have no further comment.”

Trump has used Adele’s “Skyfall” and “Rolling in the Deep” before and during rallies.

Throughout his presidential campaign,  Trump has used a number of popular songs at rallies.

He previously used Aerosmith’s “Dream On.”

Lead singer Steven Tyler made it clear that he didn’t want his band’s song used, sending the Trump campaign a cease-and-desist letter.

The letter said in part that Trump does “not have our client’s permission to use ‘Dream On'” and that using the song “gives the false impression that he is connected with or endorses Mr. Trump’s presidential bid.”

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Kim Kardashian and Amber Rose had a secret meeting

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Kim Kardashian and Amber Rose had a secret meeting Monday to bury the hatchet in the Wiz+Amber+Kanye saga…… TMZ has learned.

Both Amber and Kim posted this pic on their respective social media accounts early Tuesday morning, showing they have settled the score. As TMZ reported, the war started when Wiz called out Kanye over his new album and Kanye then went off denigrating Amber — calling her a stripper and even dragging her son into the beef.

TMZ’s Amber sources say Kim called her Monday afternoon and asked to meet at Kris Jenner’s house early that evening. Amber accepted the invite, and the 2 hashed things out. TMZ reported that after a long conversation they’re both good with each other.