Debbie Allen is a legendary choreographer, actress, director, producer and one of the most powerful executives in Hollywood. And she accomplished all of this while overcoming her industry’s sexism, racism and now ageism. We catch up with this force of nature and discover her secrets to success, as well as her greatest source of pride.
All breaking-barriers Stories
She was her city’s first female African-American lifeguard. She’s spent decades helping and ministering to the people of her community. She’s survived lupus. And now, at the age of 76, Ms. Vi has achieved something she’s dreamed about for years — she’s a college graduate.
Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her seat on a segregated Alabama bus changed the nation forever. Her niece looks back on her famous auntie’s legacy, sharing never-before-told stories from the family’s perspective.
As she celebrates her 100th birthday, Dorothy Johnson celebrates a lifetime of giving back and breaking racial and gender barriers. She shares her secrets of longevity and offers her advice for making your own mark on the world.
Two Tuskegee Airmen who enlisted together in 1942, served together and continued their friendship throughout their lives both die on the very same day. Growing Bolder, inspired by their contributions to our country, was there to see the magic when several Airmen got together with a hangar full of students.
Mary Fields, AKA Stagecoach Mary, was born a slave and at the age of 60 became the first African American woman to work for the U.S. Postal Service. A legend of the old west, the six foot tall two hundred pounder was a cigar smoking, whiskey drinking brawler ready and willing to fight for her right to live as she wanted.
Brownie Wise is one of the most groundbreaking women in American business history, yet her story has been largely forgotten. Until now. See how she’s about to get the Hollywood treatment, complete with an A-list actress taking the lead role.
Alene Duerk is a true American pioneer. She shares the fascinating story of how she rose through the ranks, from registered nurse to becoming the nation’s first rear admiral. Now 94, she’s still as passionate and engaged as ever.
For decades, Dr. Lois Lee has been ripping the covers off of one of America’s dirtiest secrets — adults have sex with children. Find out how she’s become one of the biggest and fiercest warriors in the fight against child sex trafficking.
In 1980, comedienne Geri Jewell broke one of TV’s glass ceilings, and not surprisingly, long-time groundbreaker Norman Lear made the call that would change TV history. Find out how the girl born fighting for her life became a lifelong fighter.
Jim Morris is a bodybuilding icon who, at the age of 77, is more ripped, stronger and healthier than ever. He’s smashed stereotypes throughout his entire life and now PETA is ready to honor him for his strong, animal-free body.
In his 97 years, Dr. James Huger has broken barrier after barrier of racial discrimination. From being among the first African-American soldiers to integrate the Marines to his friendship with Dr. King, he shares his incredible stories.