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

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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