Girl Power: Top Ten Behind-the-Scenes Power Players

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  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Gina Prince-Bythewood
  • Kasi Lemmons
  • Ava DuVernay
  • Debra Lee
  • Mara Brock Akil, Debra Lee
  • Mara Brock Akil
  • Shonda Rhimes
  • Cheryl Boone Isaacs
  • Queen Latifah
  • Jada Pinkett Smith

Debra Lee

No list of Hollywood power players would be complete without recognizing BET chairman and chief executive officer Debra Lee. An inductee of the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, Lee has been with BET for over two decades and has ushered the network to new heights. Under her leadership, BET has broken ratings records and pushed the envelope with original programming in recent years. Somehow, the Harvard Law School graduate has managed to balance her career with marriage and motherhood, inspiring women across the globe.

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