Alyce S. Carew, a TV producer who dedicated her life and career to advancing the diversity of the entertainment industry, died June 24 of breast cancer at her Toluca Lake home. She was 55.
Carew’s early career promoted arts in minority communities, as she and her husband, Colin “Topper” Carew, helped foster appreciation of the arts among the 300 children enrolled the in Washington D.C. community arts center called the New Thing.
Later, after relocating to Los Angeles, she promoted minorities in the arts community. In 1974, Carew formed the Rainbow Television Workshop with her husband. As president and production executive she helped minorities achieve recognition both in front of and behind the camera.
Rainbow produced numerous national television series, including “Rebop,” “The Righteous Apples,” “The Rainbow Movies of the Week” and “Bustin’ Loose. ” Other credits included the PBS dramatic special “And the Children Shall Lead” and the video special “Be Somebody,” which aimed to raise children’s self esteem.
As a talent manager, she repped comedian Martin Lawrence, Robin Harris and artist Varnette P. Honeywood and helped more than 200 artists gain entry into Hollywood unions.
Carew and her husband earned two NAACP Image awards, received a Variety tribute in 1984 and were honored by Coca-Cola and Essence magazine.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, two sisters, two brothers and her father, Charles Sprow.
Family suggests memorial donations be made to Rainbow TV Works.