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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Trailer Watch: Full Trailer for Black Nativity - Directed by Kasi Lemmons

Kasi Lemmons' Black Nativity is based on Langston Hughes' infamous retelling of the Nativity story with an all black cast.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 30, 2013 3:00 PM
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The Big O: When Race is an Issue in the Oscars

What does a black leading lady have to do to win an Academy Award again? Considering there seems to be a renaissance in black cinema, you would think the timing would be perfect. But you would be wrong.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • September 20, 2013 1:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Winnie Mandela

Winnie Mandela, which premiered two years ago at TIFF, finally has a release date and a trailer.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 8, 2013 12:30 PM
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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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2013 Cannes News - Part 2

More lady news coming out of Cannes.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 17, 2013 5:30 PM
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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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Trailer Watch: Winnie - Starring Jennifer Hudson

  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 1, 2012 10:09 AM
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Debra Martin Chase to Produce Sparkle Remake at Sony

Producer Debra Martin Chase has teamed up with The Game showrunners and creators Mara Brock Akil and her husband Salim Akil to produce a remake of the 1976 film Sparkle which originally starred Irene Cara. The film is loosely based on the story of the Supremes and there are three plum roles for African American actresses in this remake. Kind of feels like it could be a lot like Dreamgirls which was a big hit. Maybe there are even roles for both Jennifer Hudson and Beyonce in this film too.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 24, 2011 2:02 AM
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