Black History Month Magic: 4 Women In Film Dominating Hollywood
February is in full effect. Often when we think about Black History Month, we think about civil rights leaders who marched for freedom and the great philosophers who were ahead of their time with messages that will outlive us all. We think about their sacrifices and the road they had to follow in order to make a mark in history. We are now embarking on new times, with new leaders. Some are civically sound as they pound the political sphere, while others march on via the big screen. In celebration of moments worth capturing and sharing, XFINITY and MadameNoire present Four Women in Film who are making history in Hollywood via the depths of their work. To see their work and more, visit Black Film & TV on XFINITY On Demand, where Black History is always on.
Have you seen Ava Duvernay’s highly-buzzed projects 13th and Selma? What about the much talked about dramas, Queen Sugar and the Scandal episode that she directed? The African-American, Long Beach, CA native is considered to be a part of a new group of creative filmmakers who are shattering glass ceilings by bringing the truth to audiences around the world, one script at a time. After watching a movie with Duvernay’s imprint, you will know why she is recognized not only as a strong black woman in film but why she’s also a pioneer. Known as a champion for black empowerment, Ava uses the camera to tell some of the most important stories about the black experience and culture.
Meet Neema Barnette, a notable filmmaker who is also recognized for her role as a director on sitcoms such as The Cosby Show, 7th Heaven, and the culture classic A Different World, which touched upon the black college experience. Recognized for her politically charged work, the highly creative Harlem native has won an Emmy and NAACP Image Award for her thought provoking portfolio, which includes, Queen Sugar, which she was hired to direct per leading filmmaker, Ava Duvernay.
Hanelle Culpepper has been behind the camera directing a reputable body of work, which includes television series: Parenthood, 90210 and Criminal Minds for decades. No stranger to the film arena, Culpepper who is a LA native, is also recognized for her work on Hunt for the Labyrinth Killer and Murder on the 13th Floor. Over the years she has added a variety of awards to her portfolio such as; Outstanding Director Award, Gaffers and an Image Award Nomination for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series for Criminal Minds. This strong and talented creator speaks to the value black women in film bring to the storytelling space.
We all recognize the stunning, yet funny actress Regina Hall from classic Black films such as, The Best Man, Love & Basketball, Scary Movie 1 & 2 and Barbershop 3. But did you know that when she isn’t acting, she is wearing her directorial hat. The English major, who also studied journalism, was destined to get behind the camera and she had the opportunity to do so in Animal Kingdom, a new dramatic series on TNT.