Film, media, entertainment , and in any and every entity of everything have always been dominated by males. Out of all the males occupying these positions, white males have been the majority in this realm. That is why I love change. It is both inevitable and very refreshing to experience. There has been a growing population of women, especially black women entering in media, filmmaking, and directing positions in the last 5-10 years, which is pretty freaking awesome!
The abundance of African American women in filmmaking, including screenwriting, directing, producing,and executive producing is heart warming to see. As a young screenwriter, it is inspiring to be a woman of color breaking walls, limitations, and making our own lanes in filmmaking and media. We are finally able to see our stories told on the big screens by people who “know” what they are writing about, and or experienced a relatable experience that they are portraying on film.
Black women like Katori Hall, Yvonne Welborn, Ava Duvernay, and Nakia Stephens, just to name a few, are breaking on to the scene with powerful stories illustrating artistic creative writing in an accelerating way. It is a blessing and a need to have beautiful, diligent, and imaginative black women changing the underrated perspective of black women in media and in society. Black women have always been personified as the bottom of the totem pole in American society; downplayed for their strength and brilliance. These intelligent and conscious women are giving us everything with films and plays like “Selma”, “Suga Water”, “Mountaintop” and “The New Black”. Thanks ladies for showcasing original art while staying true to you!
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