Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Black History Month-Suzanne de Passe

Note: I decided to do a blog entry everyday, dropping some Black History facts about some of the more lesser known and talked about black people and events involving black people that have helped shape not only the nation's history, but the world.

Suzanne de Passe

I chose Suzanne de Passe because she's one of my heroes that I look up to, and hopefully aspire to follow in her footsteps. She's responsible for some of your favorite artists and television shows. To sum up de Passe, she is a media entrepreneur covering all aspects in the field of television, music, and film something I hope to do. But enough about me, let's get down to de Passe.

She started off as a Creative Assistant for Berry Gordy at Motown Records, bringing Jackson 5 to their doorsteps and being directly involved with their early success. Eventually, she became the president of Motown Records. Ms. de Passe was also the Executive Producer behind "Sister, Sister", "Smart Guy", and "Showtime At The Apollo". A veteran of over three decades in Hollywood, generating over a billion dollars in revenue in the entertainment industry, Ms. de Passe has also received countless awards for her contributions to the television, movie and music industries including her TV specials such as the Motown Anniversary series, The Temptations mini-series, and The Jacksons: An American dream mini-series and has also Executive Produced award shows of her own like NAACP Image Awards and Essence Awards. One of her most notable achievements, and one of the many reasons she's one of my heroes, is her being the first black person to be nominated for an Academy Award in Original Screenwriting for the movie "Lady Sings The Blues". Right now she is currently the Producer behind the movie "King", the upcoming DreamWorks motion picture on the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. with Steven Spielberg and Madison Jones and working as the Producer-In-Residence at Emerson College School Of The Arts in Boston.

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