Debbie Allen attending a performance of Loretta Lynn On Broadway at the Majestic Theatre in New York City, October 1982  © Walter McBride

Debbie Allen attending a performance of Loretta Lynn On Broadway at the Majestic Theatre in New York City, October 1982 © Walter McBride

ancer, choreographer, actress, singer, director, producer Debbie Allen (Pictured in 1983, during her days as dance teacher Lydia Grant on 'Fame.')

ancer, choreographer, actress, singer, director, producer Debbie Allen (Pictured in 1983, during her days as dance teacher Lydia Grant on 'Fame.')

Debbie Allen of the television series Fame & sister Phylicia Rashad attending a performance of DREAMGIRLS at the Imperial Theatre in New York City, October 1982  © Walter McBride /

Debbie Allen of the television series Fame & sister Phylicia Rashad attending a performance of DREAMGIRLS at the Imperial Theatre in New York City, October 1982 © Walter McBride /

Evelyn Preer - One of the first African American silent screen actors to transition into sound Hollywood films. Her versatility as a dramatic actor led her to Hollywood where she became a contract player for Paramount Studios. Preer’s career on the silver screen would have perhaps broadened further had she not developed post-parturition complications and died of double pneumonia in November, 1932 at the age of 36. Via Black Past

Evelyn Preer - One of the first African American silent screen actors to transition into sound Hollywood films. Her versatility as a dramatic actor led her to Hollywood where she became a contract player for Paramount Studios. Preer’s career on the silver screen would have perhaps broadened further had she not developed post-parturition complications and died of double pneumonia in November, 1932 at the age of 36. Via Black Past

Actress Debbie Allen, husband Norman Nixon and Phylicia Rahad attending 65th Annual Academy Awards on March 29, 1993 at the Dorothy Chander Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)

Actress Debbie Allen, husband Norman Nixon and Phylicia Rahad attending 65th Annual Academy Awards on March 29, 1993 at the Dorothy Chander Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)

Actress Esther Rolle was an American actress. She is best known for her role as Florida Evans on the CBS television sitcom Maude and its spin-off series Good Times. | 1920-1998

Actress Esther Rolle was an American actress. She is best known for her role as Florida Evans on the CBS television sitcom Maude and its spin-off series Good Times. | 1920-1998

Phylicia Rashad

Phylicia Rashad

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