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Debbie Allen tackles gun violence, race relations in 'Freeze Frame'

Debbie Allen tackles gun violence, race relations in 'Freeze Frame'

The Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Baldwin Hills is hot. Hot with sweat, hot with frenetic movement and hot with excitement.

On a brisk January morning, the unassuming, cheerful space around the corner from the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza mall on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard is packed with mostly young black dancers gearing up to give a sneak peak of their upcoming show, "Freeze Frame."

Allen calls the show "probably the most important work that I've done in many years." That's because it's about gun violence and race relations, two topics that often go hand-in-hand and that Allen says are all too relevant today. "Freeze Frame" first premiered...

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