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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Black Nativity Director Kasi Lemmons Talks About Langston Hughes, Making a Musical

Kasi Lemmons adapts Langston Hughes' musical retelling of the Nativity story in her new film Black Nativity. Lemmons spoke with Women and Hollywood about her attachment to Langston Hughes' work, the new songs she co-wrote for the film, and this year's bumper crop of films about the black experience.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 27, 2013 12:30 PM
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TV Trailer Watch: American Horror Story: Coven - Starring Jessica Lange

The next chapter in the horror anthology, American Horror Story: Coven, boasts an insanely talented female cast from American Horror Story veterans like Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe to new additions who also happen to be some of the great actresses working today like Kathy Bates, Patti LuPone and Angela Bassett.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 24, 2013 10:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: Black Nativity - Directed by Kasi Lemmons

Kasi Lemmon's Black Nativity is an adaptation of Langston Hughes' famed retelling of the Nativity story with an all black cast. Lemmon's take focuses on a teen (Jacob Latimore) who is sent by his single mother (Jennifer Hudson) to stay with her parents (Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker) during the holidays as hard times hit their family.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 9, 2013 10:00 AM
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Kasi Lemmons Directing Black Nativity Starring Jennifer Hudson

Kasi Lemmons, director of Eve’s Bayou, has begun principal photography on Black Nativity. Shooting began this week in New York City, on the film which is based on Langston Hughes’ 1961 play Black Nativity. Lemmons has adapted the play into a musical starring Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Jacob Latimore.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • January 31, 2013 12:30 PM
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