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Women and Hollywood


Melissa Silverstein is the founder and editor of Women and Hollywood, one of the most respected sites for issues related to women and film as well as other areas of pop culture. Women and Hollywood educates, advocates, and agitates for gender parity across the entertainment industry.

She is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Athena Film Festival. The 4th annual festival took place from February 6-9, 2014 at Barnard College in NYC.

Melissa recently published the first book from Women and Hollywood, In Her Voice: Women Directors Talk Directing, which is a compilation of over 40 interviews that have appeared on the site.

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The Women of 12 Years a Slave

As a child my mother, an anthropologist, informed me that my great uncle's mother disappeared from the shores of Lake Victoria or Nam Lolwe, as we call it, when he was a boy. My great great aunt was likely captured during the thriving East African slave trade.
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  • October 18, 2013 3:00 PM
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TV Trailer Watch: Steel Magnolias

A full cast of African American women in this version of Steel Magnolias.  Queen Latifah takes on the Sally Field lead role.  Also stars Alfre Woodard, Jill Scott, Phylicia and Condola Rashad and Adepero Oduye. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 3, 2012 10:22 AM
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Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue 2012

At least they are all dressed.  But all the satin kind of reminds me of a brothel.  Thw women on the power panel which is the actual cover are Rooney Mara, Mia Wasikowska, Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain.  And Jennifer Lawrence is in the top center.  Smart of them to include the awesome Adepero Oduye.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 31, 2012 9:10 AM
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Meryl Streep's Golden Globe Winning Speech

Meryl Streep won best actress in a drama for The Iron Lady. In her speech she acknowledged all her fellow nominees and the other terrific female performances from this year. And how about her shout out to Adepero Oduye.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 16, 2012 10:10 AM
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Pariah - written and directed by Dee Rees

Most of this review was written after screening the film at the Toronto Film Festival.  It has been augmented.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 28, 2011 10:25 AM
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Interview with Adepero Oduye star of Pariah

This is the week when Pariah starts to roll out and I can't say emphatically enough that when this film comes to your town, you must see it.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 26, 2011 10:17 AM
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Where are the Women at the Indie Spirit Nominations?

I just got back from a meeting and broke open the list of indie spirit nominees for 2012 and I am utterly dispirited at the lack of female voices throughout the categories. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 29, 2011 4:41 PM
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