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Culture Shift: How Black Women Redefined Hollywood On Their Own Terms In 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, it is easy to see how black women have made their mark over on the film industry during the past year:

“Two years after writer and activist April Reign created #OscarsSoWhite —a hashtag criticizing the Academy Awards’ lack of recognition of Black films—Black women starred in films that shattered box offices, produced projects that made Emmy-winning history and continued to crack glass ceilings in Hollywood.

This year alone we’ve seen Girls TripInsecureShe’s Gotta Have ItBrown Girlsand Lena Waithe have huge wins and score big production deals. We’ve also seen Tessa Thompson in Thor: Ragnarok, Tiffany Haddish on Saturday Night Live, Sonequa Martin-Green in Star Trek and Tracee Ellis Ross in black-ishshine in their roles. In addition to Shonda Rhimes joining the Television Academy Hall of Fame and Ava DuVernay directing a movie with a $100 million budget.”

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(Source: Essence.com)

Originally published: 12/18/2017

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