WE Magazine for Women was delighted to learn of this amazing woman and excited to share her with you…
Inspiring women across the globe, Ebony Steele embodies the essence of what it means to lead, inspire and persevere. Her daily adjustments to balance life, career, health and wellness are ones that are relatable to women everywhere.
As a young lady in Birmingham, Alabama, Ebony Arrington desired to entertain the hearts to all who crossed her path. Her natural ability to amuse and bring smiles to those around her ordered her destiny as a performer, as she participated as a dancer and model in performance and modeling schools throughout the Birmingham area. As a graduate of Tuskegee University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, Ebony’s tenacity to achieve success aesthetically and intellectually contributed to her collegiate achievements specifically being crowned as Miss Tuskegee University and later Miss Gulf Coast.
Ebony’s spoken words of inspiration, “To Dance is the Body, To Perform is the Heart” is a simple phrase that illustrates her dedication to the art of dance and the development of the youth in her community. Following the entrepreneurial spirit of her grandmother, Flora McGhee, founder of Birmingham’s first black owned modeling school, Ebony extended her legacy by providing an opportunity for young performance artists. In 1998, Ebony founded and continues to serve as Artistic Director to the Ebony Arrington Dance & Performance Studio in Birmingham, Alabama. From humble beginnings with a mere 17 students and handful of instructors, the Ebony Arrington Dance & Performance Studio has matured to service more than 400 students, staffed with full time instructors and 2 locations for dance training in the Alabama area.
Innate talent and training coupled with years of entertainment experience are definite reflections of dreams achieved for National Radio Personality Ebony Steele. Over a decade ago, Ebony Arrington met Rickey Smiley while working at a local mall in the Birmingham area. A genuine connection was formed and a kinship was developed. Rickey shared his vision for Ebony as his co-host on his radio show from what then seemed to be a distant dream. A decade later both Ebony and Rickey can be heard across the country on the National Syndicated Rickey Smiley Morning Show .
In 2008 Ebony’s spirit of “Steele” was threatened with what some would consider a fatal health concern. Ebony joined the masses of women across the world and was diagnosed with breast cancer. Not a victim, but an advocate is the best way to describe Ebony’s tenacity and perseverance in defeating this disease. Now a 2-year survivor, she serves as a beacon of light to other women and men as she has and continues to educate and make all aware of the disease. In early 2010, she was selected as a Susan G. Komen Circle of Promise Ambassador and General Mills Pink Together Ambassador as the face of the campaign to create awareness and search for a cure.
Ebony’s contagious smile, abundant laughter and giving spirit are few in the abundant positive characteristics bestowed upon her. She has graced an array of covers for local magazines and has been featured in national publications including Essence.com and Rolling Out Urban Style Weekly. From choreographing young performers talents to sending light to the hearts of her listeners, Ebony Steele is a global role model for men and women alike.
Listen to Ebony every week on the Rickey Smiley Morning Show with her witty interpretation of the things we see in life…. That “ain’t nobody sayin nuthin” about. If you’ve seen something that “ain’t nobody sayin’ nuthin’” about, contact Ebony today at http://ebonyarrington.com!