Breaking Down Barriers: Famous and Prominent Queer Black Women

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Cheryl Dunye

Dunye is a queer black woman and filmmaker who made films about queer women of color as well as themes involving race, gender and sexuality. She’s now a professor at Temple University. But she’s most famous for acting, directing, producing and writing “The Watermelon Woman” in 1996. The film is about a video store clerk named Cheryl who makes a documentary about a black actress in Hollywood during the 1930s and 1940s limited to the stereotypical “Mammy” roles. The film is also about her interracial relationship with a white woman, Diana (Guinevere Turner).

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