TV One’s Uncensored Explores Debbie Allen’s Life


TV One’s edgy docu-series UNCENSORED, which explores the private lives of some of today’s most notable personalities, highlights legendary actress and director Debbie Allen this Sunday, October 4, 2020, at 10 P.M. ET/9C followed by an encore presentation at 11 P.M. ET/10C. The episode will re-air on Wednesday, October 7, 2020  at 10 PM/9C. On this episode of UNCENSORED, Debbie Allen talks about her first big break as a dancer, choreographer and director, her relationship with older sister, Phylicia Rashad, and the compelling reason why she has dedicated her life to teaching dance and the arts to youth from across the world.
Born in Houston, Texas to Vivan Ayers and Andrew Allen, Deborah Kaye Allen is the youngest of three kids. Her mom was a poet and art director, while her father was the towns best orthodontist. After her parents split, her mom moved her and her siblings to Mexico to escape the blatant racism they experienced in Texas. Even though they thrived in Mexico, they missed home and mostly their Dad. Upon returning to Texas, Debbie completed high school and attended Howard University, graduating cum laude. She then moved to New York to pursue acting and was cast in the musical Raisin. Branching into film and television, she landed the role of dance instructor in Fame, gaining three Emmy awards. Throughout her career, Debbie has held many leadership roles on many productions, such as A Different World, Amistad, All of Us, and Girlfriends. Currently, Debbie is still working various roles in entertainment, while running a very successful dance school, Debbie Allen Dance Academy. Inspired by her daughter, she started the school to motivate other kids and give them the opportunity she didn’t have as a child.