Shonda Rhimes has proved, time and time again, that she’s a force to be reckoned with. The television producer, screenwriter and showrunner is responsible for some of the biggest hits of the past decade, including Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder.
Her laundry list of accomplishments has culminated in the ultimate honor within her industry, and Rhimes will become the third Black woman to be inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame, according to Deadline. The other two are Diahann Carroll and Oprah Winfrey.
The induction ceremony will take place Nov. 15. Other inductees include the original cast of Saturday Night Live and Joan Rivers.
Chairman and CEO of the Television Academy Hayma Washington said in a statement, “All of these individuals are innovators who have shaped television and left an indelible mark on the medium and our culture. We are honored to welcome the latest group of distinguished individuals and look forward to showcasing their impacts for future generations.”
Media mogul Oprah Winfrey was inducted in 1993, legendary actress Diahann Carroll was admitted in 2011.
With one of Rhimes’ most successful series, Scandal, ending this season, there’s no better way to wrap things up! The industry hotshot also recently signed a deal with Netflix to produce original content for the popular streaming service.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.