Dungey is the epitome of Black excellence with a career in entertainment that spans decades. Her younger sister is Merrin Dungey, recognizable for her role as Kelly one-half of the Black couple that befriended Doug (Kevin James) and Carrie (Leah Remini) on King of Queens
. Channing Dungey moved up the ranks at Warner to become a production executive on films like The Matrix
and The Devil’s Advocate
. She joined the Disney family, an affiliate of ABC, in 2004 and used her power to get several of my favorite shows, like Criminal Minds
, off the ground. She is also responsible for the Hollywood powerhouse that is Shonda Rhimes. It was Dungey, in her role as an executive, that gave Grey’s Anatomy
the early support it needed. It is now the longest-running drama in ABC history
. But more importantly, Dungey opened the door for another Black girl to walk through it and shine.