Who’s Next In Television: Melina Matsoukas

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With women of color taking over the magazine covers and awards shows, we are proving we are talented and we are here to stay. While we tend to praise our women in front of the camera, it’s time to celebrate those who are the creatives. XFINITY and MadameNoire present a woman you should know in television.

The fashionable music video director turned television director, Melina Matsoukas had an epic 2016.

Melina began directing music videos over 10 years ago and quickly became highly sought after for her creative eye and pop colors. Being a woman music video director in a male dominated world, she prevailed and became a great director in general, not great for a women director.

She garnered attention from major artists such as Beyonce, Eve, Jennifer Lopez, & Lady Gaga. Her music video credits include everything from Ludacris “Money Maker” to Rihanna’s “Rude Boy”, to several Beyonce songs like “Upgrade U”.

Last year, she had the whole world in awe. The video for Beyonce’s “Formation” premiered, which she directed. The internet stopped; everyone stopped to watched the video over and over as people began to recreate the scenes on social media and repeat the epic lyrics. The retro imagery Matsoukas showcased catapulted her career.

Directing music videos isn’t all she can do. When Issa Rae was deciding on a director for her now hit, HBO’s “Insecure”, Matsoukas’ name came up. Up to this point, she hadn’t worked on a television project. Great thing Rae and Melina were able to connect and ultimately decided she would be a great fit.

Up for the challenge, Matsoukas wowed the audiences who were tuned into HBO every Sunday night and yearning for more after the jaw-dropping ending. In addition, she executive produces the show. Talk about an amazing transition! Who is ready for the next season?

Seeing a woman under 40 continue to reinvent herself is very inspiring. You don’t have to be in just one box. Matsoukas has showed that you can transition to other forms of art if you have the talent and passion.

We look forward to seeing future projects from Matsoukas, from music videos to more television shows. To see some of her work and more, visit Black Film & TV on XFINITY On Demand, where Black History is always on.

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