Thank you Debbie.
I am not a dancer, choreographer, actor, director or producer. But, I do love that you have excelled in all of these ways. And I mean really excelled. It is hard to believe that any one person can be so creative and accomplished.
Gail King said it right, “Debbie Allen is a creative supernova.”
And she did it again at the recent Primetime Emmy Awards, where she was given the Governors Award.
The Governors Award is presented to those with an “outstanding achievement in the arts and sciences or management of television which is either of a cumulative nature or so extraordinary and universal in nature.
In case you missed it, here is a brief clip, from the Emmys, describing a little about her incredible life.
When I wrote that Debbie Allen “did it again”, I wasn’t just referring to her Governors Award.
I was also referring to her very moving and inspirational acceptance speech.
You can listen to it in the clip above. I would also like to emphasize the rousing ending of her speech. I have included some excerpts below.
Debbie Allen, “It’s taken a lot of courage to be the only woman in the room most of the time. A lot of courage and creativity and fight and faith to believe that I could keep going and I have.”
“Let this moment resonate with women across this country and across the world, from Texas to Afghanistan. Let them know.”
“For young people who have no vote, who can’t even get a vaccine — they’re inheriting the world that we live in and where we lead them. It’s time for you to claim your power.”
“Play your voice, sing your song, tell your stories. It will make us a better place. Your turn.”
WOW, Debbie Allen hit the perfect note. And, did it again.
Until next time.