Wednesday, June 7, 2017

#DebbieAllen honored with Lifetime Achievement award at #GracieAwards! [details]

Legendary dancer, choreographer, producer, director,  Golden Globe and 3-time Emmy Award winner Debbie Allen is TRULY an ICON.  They don't make 'em like her anymore!  The stellar ENTERTAINER was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's Gracie Awards.  Allen was presented the honor by her daughter, Vivian Nixon.

The annual Gracie Awards celebrated its 42nd year at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. The Alliance for Women in Media event, hosted by “The Real’s” Jeannie Mai, honored women achievement and programming in news, television, radio, and film.

Allen has worked as a writer, producer, director, choreographer, dancer and actress in film and on television, but the multi-hyphenate shared that she started her career being the only female in the room.

“Now things have changed, and I’m really happy about that” she told Variety. “I feel that I have created opportunities for other people. I was such a person looking for an opportunity. I’m still in the making and that’s what young people need — they need an opportunity.”

More than ever, she said, it’s important that women are strong.

“We have a real purpose and a real point of view that’s very different,” she said. “By nature, we are the ones that nurture, stand up, and fight.”

And with the stand-alone female superhero movie “Wonder Woman” shattering box office glass ceilings, Allen said the industry needs to continue evolving.

“It just says they have to open their thinking. We need more,” she said.

For all your CONTRIBUTIONS, WE SALUTE YOU!! Keep carrying the TORCH, Ms. Allen! WE LOVE YOU!

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