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There has been some conflict with the film ‘Lady Bird’ being almost an exact replica of the Latinx film ‘Real Women have Curves’ with no credit being given to the film:  “I caught Lady Bird later than most, and the real reason I saw it at all was because of all the Dave Matthews Band references I’d […]

At an event for Deadline.com, ‘Mudbound’ director Dee Rees reminisces on the beginning stages of film’s development and the importance of its message in relation to today’s world:  ““To the chagrin of my agent, usually I hate everything I read,” Dee Rees told the audience at Deadline’s The Contenders event, which might explain why the director has maintained a […]

Shadowandact.com reflects on the visibility of black leading actresses throughout the past year, and the increase of black female leads in 2018: “As the 2017 year in cinema comes to an end, a time when studios unveil their most prized possessions – i.e. Oscar bait – and experts publish their respective Academy Awards predictions lists, […]

The main objective of the African Narrative Co-Production Forum is to share African stories by engaging African filmmakers with each other and the rest of the world:  “JOHANNESBURG — On a continent where filmmakers labor with limited resources and almost no institutional support, the African Narrative Co-Production Forum is trying to help producers build that […]

Attorney Anita Hill has recently been appointed to chair a committee about dealing with sexual abuse and equality within the workplace: “Spurred by the multitude of sexual abuse scandals, top Hollywood executives have tapped Anita Hill to chair the newly formed Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace. The commission made the announcement Friday […]

Apple has had a slight increase in diversity throughout the past six months, however most of this increase has been in lower paying positions:  “Apple recently released its first diversity and inclusion report since naming Denise Young Smith as its new vice president of diversity and inclusion in May. According to the report, Apple is 32 percent female worldwide, […]

Ava DuVernay continues to have a great year as she has been made Honorary Chair at this year’s Film Independent Spirit Awards:  “Powerhouse director Ava DuVernay (Selma, 13th, A Wrinkle in Time) will be this year’s Honorary Chair at the 33rd Film Independent Spirit Awards.  Past Honorary Chairs include David Oyelowo, Jessica Chastain, Kerry Washington, Ang Lee […]

Ava DuVernay discusses what it truly means to be inclusive in Hollywood and how much work still needs to be done pertaining to inclusion:  “Ava DuVernay is done with diversity panels. “I’ve done them, I’ve tried,” the writer, producer, director and distributor said at a discussion with “Queen Sugar” author Natalie Baszile at the Writers Guild Foundation […]

The American Black Film Festival will honor Ava DuVernay for her outstanding contributions to inclusion in Hollywood:  “Emmy Award winning director Ava DuVernay has been tapped as an honoree at the 2018 American Black Film Festival Honors. DuVernay will receive the Industry Visionary Award at the ceremony, which will be hosted by actor and comedian Cedric the Entertainer […]

Jay-Ann Lopez created the online community “Black Girl Gamers” that allows black women to have their own space to enjoy gaming in an industry dominated by white males:  “Jay-Ann Lopez understands that the global gaming industry is one dominated by white men. This is why she built Black Girl Gamers, an online community and safe space […]

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