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Guyanese American Actress Dawnn Lewis

The Schneps Media annual Caribbean Impact Awards, renowned for recognizing exceptional individuals of Caribbean descent, recently celebrated Dr. Dawnn Lewis among this year’s honorees in recognition of her remarkable accomplishments in both entertainment and philanthropy. Dr. Lewis, a distinguished Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and acclaimed actor, has significantly impacted the entertainment landscape while steadfastly dedicating herself to philanthropic initiatives to empower underprivileged youth and grassroots organizations.

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Dr. Dawnn Lewis, a shining example of excellence and compassion, was born to Guyanese parents and raised in the vibrant neighborhoods of Bedford-Stuyvesant and Flatbush in Brooklyn. Her journey from these Caribbean roots to global recognition is a testament to her cultural heritage and the impact she has made worldwide. As the President and CEO of Morning Jewel Inc., a prominent multi-platform production company, she has demonstrated unparalleled leadership in film, television, animation, music, and experiential events.

“Being honored at the Caribbean Impact Awards is deeply meaningful to me as it recognizes my journey of empowerment and service as a proud representative of the Guyanese community,” said Dr. Lewis. “As an actor, storytelling has been my tool for inspiration and social change, while my philanthropy directly impacts those in need. This recognition reinforces my belief in the power of unity, resilience, and collective action for positive change. I am grateful and committed to continuing as a beacon of hope and empowerment for future generations.”

Photo credit: Dr. Dawnn Lewis (IG page)

As founder and CEO of A New Day Foundation, Dr. Lewis advocates for underprivileged youth and supports grassroots nonprofits globally. Her charitable efforts have impacted communities across the United States, Guyana, India, and beyond, earning her an Honorary Doctorate in the Humanities, recognizing over four decades of dedicated service.

In addition to her philanthropic endeavors, Dr. Lewis’s contributions to the entertainment world are equally impressive. A recipient of multiple NAACP Image Awards, BMI Awards, and ASCAP Awards, she has received acclaim for her exceptional talent as a singer and songwriter. As such, she was inducted into the inaugural class of the Women Songwriters Hall of Fame. Her music has graced soundtracks for significant film and television productions, including Disney, ABC, NBC, HBO, and WIGS Films.

Dr. Lewis is currently making history with her participation in a reunion tour with the cast of A Different World, marking 37 years since the show’s inception. This 10-city tour, which includes visits to a series of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the nation, is a testament to the enduring impact of the show and Dr. Lewis’s contribution to it. They share their experiences and memories, providing a unique opportunity for fans to reconnect with the show and its cast.

Dr. Lewis’s versatility shines through in her work as a film, television, and stage actor, with notable roles in Broadway productions like “TINA: THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL” and appearances in popular shows such as “Young Rock” and “Star Trek: Lower Decks.” Her voice acting credits include iconic characters in beloved franchises like “The Simpsons” and Disney/Pixar’s Academy Award-winning films “Inside Out” and “Monsters University.”

Photo credit: Dr. Dawnn Lewis (IG page)

Beyond her artistic achievements, Dr. Lewis is a dedicated advocate for diversity and inclusion in the entertainment industry. She serves on various boards, including the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and the SAG-AFTRA Board of Trustees, demonstrating her commitment to advancing social justice and equality.

Congratulations, Dr. Lewis, You Rock!

The Schneps Media Caribbean Impact Awards occurred on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, at Terrace on the Park in Queens, New York.


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