The last 10 years Black Hollywood has been on fire, especially with Black women directors taking lead. With a host of comedies, documentaries, and TV dramas coming out the woodwork, we are excited to celebrate the directors behind such Hollywood projects. From Emmy-nominated web series to full feature films take a look at 5 women directors who are making an impact in the director world.
The winner of an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, and three Primetime Emmy Awards, Regina King has been sitting in the directorial seat powerfully for the last decade. With TV movies and series such as Being Mary Jane, Scandal and This is Us in her portfolio, she is on track to add more notable projects under her belt.
We know Lupita Nyong’o as the prime actress in films such as Black Panther, 12 Years a Slave, and Us. But did you know that the Kenyan-Mexican actress is also a director? In her portfolio, her first project, In My Genes. The powerful film explores the prejudices that albinos face.
Love & Basketball and Beyond the Lights are just a few big-ticket projects from director Gina Prince-Bythewood. The former showrunner for Fox’s show Shots Fired is also the director and producer behind films Disappearing Acts and The Secret Life of Bees.
The Waiting to Exhale star who was featured in blockbusters such as Black Panther, What’s Love Got to Do With It and How Stella Got Her Groove Back is also a leading director. Bassett, who is also known for her biographical film roles is behind the twist reveal of the American Horror Story and the Whitney movie which was featured on Lifetime.
Shonda Rhimes is big in Hollywood and her reputation is still growing as a writer, producer, and director. Known for highly rated dramas Grey’s Anatomy and its spin-off Private Practice, Shonda Rhimes really hit the jackpot directing Scandal starring Kerry Washington and ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder.