Thursday, June 28, 2007

Suzanne de Passe Receives Caribbean Heritage Honor

In it's first Tribute to Hollywood and the Arts, The Caribbean Heritage Organization (CHO) honored legendary television and film producer Suzanne de Passe, June 23rd, at the Museum of History in Los Angeles.

In her speech to a crowd of approximately 200 friends, family, and special invited guests, she explained her Caribbean roots and Hollywood's first perceptions.

Presently, Chief Executive Officer of de Passe Entertainment, she began her career in entertainment at Motown Records as Creative Assistant to the company founder, Berry Gordy. Under his tutelage, she introduce the not-yet-famous Jackson 5 to Gordy and later executive produced the memorable television show Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, and Forever . The show featured an outstanding reunion performance of the group and Michael's first televised moonwalk. In her address, she gave thanks to Gordy and her mother, "Babs" for their inspiration:

Among her long list of awards and accomplishments are an Academy Award nomination for co-writing Lady Sings The Blues and two Emmy Awards for shows Motown 25 and Motown Returns to the Apollo which also earned a NAACP Image Award. De Passe also earned 5 Emmy Award nominations for tv mini-series Lonesome Dove, Small Sacrifices, The Jacksons: An American Dream, Buffalo Girls, and The Temptations.

As executive producer of the benchmark NBC mini-series, The Temptations, she also won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Mini-Series and was nominated for both a Golden Globe Award and Emmy Award for Best Mini-Series.

During her acknowledgements of special guests, veteran director and actor Tim Reid, received heart-felt words of appreciation for his work and dedication to the popular tv show, Sister, Sister. Likewise, Tracey Edmonds, President and Chief Operating Officer of Our Stories Films, was blessed with a verbal "passing of the baton" for her success in film and television. De Passe also expressed sheer surprise and delight in receiving congratulations from Sidney Poitier in a pre-taped video message. And before closing her acceptance speech, she gave friend and event host, Debbie Allen, a special and hilarious "shout out".

Currently, de Passe is the executive producer of the nationally syndicated weekly TV program, Showtime At The Apollo. She is also the executive producer of the critically acclaimed Black Movie Awards, a ninety-minute TV special which first aired nationally on TNT in 2005 and was hosted by Tyler Perry in 2006.

The Caribbean Heritage Organization (CHO) was formed in January 2007 to celebrate the rich and diverse contributions of Caribbeans and Caribbean-Americans to international society through conservation and education of Caribbean arts and culture. Additionally, CHO aims to chronicle the experiences of the expatriated Caribbean people from the most recently arrived immigrants to leaders in American society, from life on the streets of Brookly, N.Y., London, and Toronto, to the deal making in the halls of power.

Event Pics:

Suzanne de Passe with friends and family

Event Host, Debbie Allen

Niecy Nash, Reno 911 actress

Roger Bobb, Producer/Director, Daddy's Little Girls

Tracey Edmonds, President and C.O.O. Our Stories Films

Bishop Noel Jones, Pastor, City of Refuge in Los Angeles

Shaun Robinson, Access Hollywood reporter

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