In keeping with the EMY Africa mission to inspire greatness, EMY Africa Magazine in collaboration with Emmy award winning TV host, best selling author and life coach Dr Michelle McKinney Hammond held a brunch for Emmy award winning and Tony award nominated actress and singer Sheryl Lee Ralph.

With the purpose of giving the Ghanaian creative industry players a chance to connect with Ralph who is a beloved for her craft, she is the second black woman to win an Emmy for best supporting actress in a comedy. She is also known for singing and Broadway work. On Broadway she was the original ‘Deena’ in Dreamgirls. She is known for playing ‘Dee’ in hit TV series, ‘Moesha’ where she played the role of step-mom to Moesha as played by the singer Brandy.

At the EMY event, adowa dancers greeted Lee Ralph as she arrived at Mercedes Benz in Accra for the brunch dubbed “Brunch with Sheryl Lee Ralph”. Kojo Soboh of EMY Africa and Michelle McKinney Hammond hosted the event and it saw the Hollywood actress speak to attendants. Strictly by invitation guests included Ama K. Abebrese, Salma Mumin, Ameyaw Debrah, Martha Ankomah, Zynnell Zuh etc.

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Earlier that weekend a private dinner had been held for Lee Ralph by Dr Ernest Ofori Sarpong, the chairman of EMY Africa Awards and the board of patrons.

Following the brunch, on Monday 27th March Lee Ralph and actor Idris Elba joined American Vice-President Kamala Harris at Vibrate Space, a community recording studio. A part of Harris’s week-long tour of Africa, the visit to the studio is in a bid to put a spotlight on Africa’s growing creative economy.

Lee Ralph has shared her love for Ghana during and since an earlier trip to the country. She even wore a Pistis Ghana Kente custom bodice and full length skirt to the recent 2023 NAACP Image awards where she was nominated for ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress’ in sitcom ‘Abbot Elementary’. She apparently chose to collaborate with Pistis Ghana because she wanted to wear something that reflected Africa. It is reported by The Chronicle that she is in talks with the fashion house to wear more of their designs to future award ceremonies. 

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Lee Ralph who made her screen debut in ‘A Piece Of Action’ in 1977 and was on Broadway in 1981 has paid her dues to Hollywood so it is wonderful that is now being celebrated by the likes of EMY Africa.