On Tuesday, Aug. 20, former BET Media Relations and Publicity Director Danette A. Wills passed away at 52.
As senior public relations counselor at the Terrie Williams Agency, Wills will always be remembered for her competent yet assiduous spirit. Most notable for her management of an elite cliental, Wills has worked with prominent American playwright Ntozake Shange, Academy Award winner Mo’Nique, American radio journalist Michele Norris, Academy Award winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and Students.
The Terrie Williams Agency has portrayed Wills as a benevolent woman who was a leader of her time. For members at Terrie Williams, Wills was more than just a proficient writer, she was a ray of sunshine as well.
“[She had] a smile that would light up a room, a laugh that would warm your heart. We at TTWA are at a loss for words,” said Terrie M.Williams .
During the 1980s, Wills earned a BFA from Howard University and an MA in Journalism & public affairs from American University. Prior to her graduation and career with Terrie Williams, Wills was the director of media relations and publicity at BET in Washington, D.C., for 12 years. She led publicity for the company’s six subsidiaries that included BET, BETJazz, BET Movies and BET.com, as well as BET’s Walk of Fame for Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. Wills was also a pioneer behind BET’s exclusive interviews with O.J. Simpson, Mike Tyson and Oprah Winfrey. Preceding her tenure at BET, she served as director of public relations for the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Va.
Always shooting for success Wills was a huge basketball fan and especially enjoyed spending game time with her family and friends. The sparkle in Wills’ spirit allured people of all ages. The beautiful lady known for her attitude of compassion and adornment is survived by her two daughters, four grandchildren, twin sister and her mother.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this most difficult time,” said a grieving Williams.
Memorial donations may be made in Wills’ name to her sister Donette Washington at 3234 Cambridge Ct., Fairfax, VA 22030.