BET CEO DEBRA LEE BECOMES FIRST WOMAN TO RECEIVE 'INDUSTRY

Source: Forbes

Source: Forbes

We all know Debra Lee as the woman who serves as the head of BET (Viacom telecommunications company Black Entertainment Television) , the decider, the boss and he force which has contributed propelled BET to a Globally recognised media empire. 

I am not only honoured personally but also for BET for all the work we’ve done
— Debr L. Lee

Debra started her career as a notable Lawyer in Washington DC, in 1986 she joined BET as General Counsel and was subsequently promoted to Executive Vice president of Legal Affairs. Since being appointed CEO of multi-billion dollar in 2005 she has overseen BET's commercial and cultural transformation which now broadcasts in several countries Worldwide. Her commitment to diversity in particular has had a profound impact on the demographic which BET serves, with the development of programs such as "Being Mary Jane" , "The Game" and popular sit-com "The Real Househusbands of Hollywood" which continue to affirm and create visibility of positive imagery portraying the black community. 

In addition to her role at BET, Debra serves on various other boards including Twitter and is affiliated with a large number of civic and professional organisations. 

So it goes without  saying that she is a well deserving honoree for the Grammy's Salute to Industry Icons Award 2017 at the Ceremony's 59th Instillment. The award will be presented at the pre-grammy gala which is hosted by industry legend Clive Davis and The Recording Academy.

Clive Davis commented: "BET has been integral to so many careers; artists who have benefited from the belief and exposure that BET has given them. Debra’s many years of wonderful work and dedication to the network, as well as raising the profile of businesswomen in the African-American community, have been remarkable.”

Jusnah Gadi