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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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Women and Hollywood

Trailers for NBC's New Women-Centric Series: Bad Judge, State of Affairs, and The Mysteries of Laura

See trailers for NBC's newest women-centric offerings that star Kate Walsh, Katherine Heigl, and Debra Messing
  • By Laura Berger
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  • May 13, 2014 11:00 AM
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TV: Series Pick-Ups for Katherine Heigl, Alfre Woodard, Octavia Spencer, Gabourey Sidibe

Also Taraji P. Henson, Tasha Smith, Casey Wilson, and Anna Friel.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 7, 2014 4:00 PM
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TV: Alfre Woodard to Play First Black Female POTUS on NBC's State of Affairs

Another glass ceiling demolished -- if the series is picked up.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 24, 2014 12:00 PM
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Quote of the Day: Alfre Woodard

When asked by Variety about this year's films starring or about African American and African experiences, she said:
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 18, 2013 4:00 PM
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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.
  • By Agunda Okeyo
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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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