34 Years Ago Debbie Allen Took Home a Golden Globe


January 8, 2017

The Golden Globes are tonight, but let’s go back to 1983 when Debbie Allen became the first Black woman to win a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy. She won for her role as Lydia Grant in FAME.


With Issa Rae and Tracee Ellis Ross’ nominations, it marks the first time in over 30 years (1985) that Black women have been nominated in this category. If (read: when) Tracee or Issa win, it will be the second time that an African American has won Best Actress in a TV Comedy or Musical. 

Rae is nominated for her role in her HBO comedy “Insecure”, which got the nod for a 2nd season, and Ross, for her role in ABC’s “Black-ish.”

Thank you Debbie Allen for paving the way, and congratulations to Tracee Ellis Ross and Issae Rae on already making history!


The Golden Globes air tonight at 8pm ET on NBC. We’ll be tuned in!

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