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‘A Jazzman’s Blues’ Review: Vintage Tyler Perry, for Better or Worse

The director's Netflix film is about a jazz musician's decades-long love affair with a Black woman who passes in the Deep South.

Halle Berry on Conquering Self-Doubt to Direct First Film: “It’s F***ing Hard”

Halle Berry’s new film Bruised casts the groundbreaking Oscar winner as a down-and-out MMA fighter who heads back into the ring in search of redemption while facing her demons and juggling motherhood after the son she gave up reenters her life. The plot reads like a tall order and there’s more: Berry made her directorial […]

Emmys: Debbie Allen Encourages Youth to “Claim Your Voice” During Emmy Awards Speech

Debbie Allen received the Television Academy’s 2021 Governors Award at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony on Sunday. The celebrated dancer, choreographer, actress, writer, producer and director was chosen by the Television Academy’s board of governors for her TV achievements and her commitment to inspire and engage marginalized youth through dance, theater arts and mentorship. […]

Emmys: Debbie Allen to Receive 2021 Governors Award

Debbie Allen, the celebrated dancer, choreographer, actress, writer, producer and director, will receive the Television Academy’s 2021 Governors Award at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony on Sept. 19 “in recognition of her numerous contributions to the television medium through multiple creative forms and her philanthropic endeavors around the world,” the TV Academy announced on […]

Oliver Bokelberg and Debbie Allen on How ‘Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker’ “Goes Beyond Dance”

Many audiences were first introduced to Debbie Allen as cane-wielding dance instructor Lydia Grant on the early-’80s television series Fame. With the Netflix documentary Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker, 2020 audiences were able to glimpse the real-life teachings of the famed multihyphenate. “That’s how the world first met me — as the teacher,” says Allen, […]

Garth Brooks Gets Emotional During Kennedy Center Honors Tribute; Debbie Allen, Dick Van Dyke Among Other Honorees

Debbie Allen, Joan Baez, Garth Brooks, violinist Midori and Dick Van Dyke were lauded Sunday night at the 43rd Kennedy Center Honors, which was more of a scaled-down event than in years past amid the pandemic though no less star-studded. Normally the medallion ceremony is held at the State Department, but this year it was […]

Hollywood Names Help Fund a Direct-Giving Coronavirus Relief Campaign to Buy Groceries

Supported by Pink, Maria Bello and stars from 'Grey's Anatomy,' the On Being Human 2020 campaign started by author Jennifer Pastiloff raises critical funds for people who need food during the pandemic.

Bust a Move: Ben Platt, Debbie Allen, Kathryn Gallagher and More Host Instagram Dance Parties for “Moments of Unity”

While the world is self-isolating at home to combat spread of the novel coronavirus, Hollywood is coming together online by hosting dance classes and parties on social media to foster communities and raise money for charities like the Food Bank of New York City. "Moments of unity in this isolation is so crucial for me to maintain a sense of normalcy and happiness," says 'Jagged Little Pill' star Kathryn Gallagher.

Debbie Allen “Totally Shocked” by Jussie Smollett Allegations

Allen accepted the 2018 Woman of the Year award at the Women’s Image Awards in Beverly Hills. The performer and activist commented on the allegations against 'Empire' star Jussie Smollett, whom she directed in 2015.

Debbie Allen Celebrates Dance at Her 18th Annual Fall Soiree Fundraising Celebration

The multifaceted Allen was at the helm of the 18th annual Debbie Allen Dance Academy Fall Soiree Fundraising Celebration at the Beverly Hills Performing Arts Center on Thursday night.

Phylicia Rashad and Debbie Allen Want to Star in a Remake of ‘What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?’

The superstar sisters were honored last night at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts by Halle Berry, Shonda Rhimes, Common, Lee Daniels and many others.

Gracie Awards: Rachel Bloom, Debbie Allen on Showing “Realistic” Women on TV

Rachel Platten, Debbie Allen, the cast of 'This Is Us' and more were honored for using their voices as a positive impact in the industry.