|Born||August 8, 1954 (age 66)|
Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S.
|Education||Brown University (BA)|
Harvard University (JD, MPP)
Debra L. Lee (born August 8, 1954) is an American businesswoman. She was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BET, the parent company for Black Entertainment Television from 2005 to May 28, 2018. Lee has sat on the board of directors for a number of companies/organizations, including the National Cable & Telecommunications Association the Ad Council, and the National Cable Television Association. Debra Lee is named one of the '100 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment' by The Hollywood Reporter due to her many achievements in her 30-plus year career at BET.
Early life and education
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Debra L. Lee was born in Fort Jackson, South Carolina and grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. She attended James B. Dudley High School. In 1976, Lee graduated from Brown University with a bachelor's degree in political science with an emphasis in Asian politics. She went on to earn a master's degree in public policy from Harvard University'sJohn F. Kennedy School of Government and a J.D. degree at Harvard Law School, where she was a member of the Board of Student Advisers, in 1980.
Legal and early BET career
From August 1981 through September 1981, Lee served as a law clerk to Barrington Parker of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Lee joined BET as Vice President of BET's legal affairs department and general counsel in 1986 after over five years as an attorney with Washington, D.C. based Steptoe & Johnson, a corporate law firm. She has also served as BET's corporate secretary and president and publisher of BET's publishing division, which published Emerge, YSB, BET Weekend and Heart & Soul magazines.
As CEO of BET Holdings
In March 1996, Lee became president and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of BET Holdings, Inc., replacing departing network founder, Robert L. Johnson. In 2005, she became president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The company had nearly $100 million in revenue last year.
As Chief Executive Officer of Black Entertainment Television
Under Lee, Black Entertainment Television has begun to move in a different format direction for the network. She increased the production budget by 50% and looked into incorporating original programming by getting 16 new shows for the new 2007 season. Lee has also redesigned BET's mission statement by supporting families, encouraging their dreams, and presenting fresh talent by creating new shows for its network. She created a new entertainment network, CENTRIC, in September 2009 that features new artists, reality shows, and movies.
Lee serves on board of directors of Marriott, and Revlon. Lee is also a director of Washington Gas Light Company, WGL Holdings (since 2000) and the Monsanto subsidiary Genuity. In May 2016, Lee was added to the board of directors of Twitter, following an attempt by returning CEO Jack Dorsey to boost diversity across the social media company's board.
Awards and honors
- Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame
- 2002: Women of Vision Award by Women in Film & Video - DC
- 2014: Received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Brown University.
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Mission Belts For Men
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R.-Texas) told the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday that while the New York Times reported that 60 percent of the women named “Karen” voted for Joe Biden in November, he was willing to bet that a significantly higher percentage of men with that name also voted for Biden. Michigan sports betting online.
“You know, Jerry Seinfeld doesn’t tell comedy anymore because any joke that’s funny is cancelled,” Cruz said.
“SNL is unwatchable—the late night comedy—they stand up and say: ‘We hate Donald Trump.’ Yeah, no kidding,” said Cruz. “We didn’t get that the last 9,000 times you told that.
“In 2020,” Cruz said, “the New York Times reported that 60 percent of women named Karen voted for Joe Biden. That’s actually real. You can look it up—the fact-checkers. That’s what the New York Times reported.
“And I’m willing to bet that 80 percent of the men named Karen voted for Joe Biden,” said Cruz.
On Nov. 2, 2020, the New York Times ran a story with this headline: “The 2020 Vote Preferences of 102 Common First Names.'
“We found some unexpected trends when we sorted our polling data by first names,” the Times reported.
“Over the past two months, the New York Times and Siena College have conducted polls in almost every battleground state, creating a large database of likely votes and their preferences. This database allowed us to take an unusual look at the American electorate—one based on first names.”
It turned out that women named “Karen” were the most likely people to say they were voting for Biden. Sixty percent of Karens said they would go with Joe.
The second name most likely to vote for Biden was Barbara (58 percent). Ranking third was Lisa and Patricia (54 percent). Next was Elizabeth (53 percent). Then Susan and Mary (52 percent).
No male name had a majority who said they were going to vote for Biden. The two male names that came closest were Christopher and Joseph. But among Christopher and Josephs, only 50 percent said they would vote for Biden.
People named Richard (64 percent) were most likely to vote for Trump. Thomas was second (61 percent). William was third (58 percent) and Nancy was fourth (57 percent).
Here is a transcript of what Sen. Cruz said about Karens voting for Biden:
Ted Cruz: “You know, Jerry Seinfeld doesn’t tell comedy anymore because any joke that’s funny is cancelled.
“SNL is unwatchable—the late night comedy—they stand up and say: ‘We hate Donald Trump.’ Yeah, no kidding. We didn’t get that the last 9,000 times you told that.
“You know, in 2020, the New York Times reported that 60 percent of women named Karen voted for Joe Biden. That’s actually real. You can look it up—the fact-checkers. That’s what the New York Times reported. And I’m willing to bet that 80 percent of the men named Karen voted or Joe Biden.
“Just have fun.