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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 5th annual festival will take place from February 5-8, 2015 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

Beyoncé, Lupita Nyong'o, Nicki Minaj Among BET Awards Winners

Beyoncé was named Best Female R&B/Pop Artist.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 30, 2014 3:20 PM
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Lupita Nyong'o Becomes 2nd African Woman to Land Vogue Cover

Of the novel "Americanah," Nyong'o says, "It's an unabashedly romantic book, really inspiring and uplifting. I found myself in [the] pages."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 19, 2014 12:25 PM
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Updated: Lupita Nyong'o Options Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Trans-Atlantic Love Story Americanah

The project has found some new friends in high places.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 6, 2014 12:30 PM
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Lupita Nyong'o is Going to a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Could the casting of Lupita Nyong'o is Star Wars be the beginning of a new day for women of color in sci-fi and fantasy movies?
  • By Prachi Gupta
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  • June 5, 2014 12:00 PM
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Star Wars Announces Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie's Additions to the Cast, But Why Did They Wait?

J.J. Abrams stumbles in the marketing, but gives us all a new hope for the movie.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 3, 2014 3:00 PM
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  • 6 Comments

Lupita Update: People Cover, Movie Roles, Endorsement Deals

Frustratingly, Nyong'o hasn't lined up any prominent roles yet.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 24, 2014 3:30 PM
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5 Reasons Why Those Star Wars Casting Rumors about Lupita Nyong'o Are Worth Celebrating

It'll take her one step closer to J. Law-dom.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 20, 2014 10:11 AM
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Oscar Winner Lupita Nyong'o Poignantly Discusses "Black Beauty" at Essence Event

The clear awards season darling Lupita Nyong'o shares an anecdote about inspiring a fan to stop using skin-whitening cream.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 4, 2014 3:35 PM
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The World is Round, People and Other Thoughts from a Potentially Game Changing Oscars

Lat night felt that the 6,000 people in the Academy are realizing that yes, the world is round and that they can stand in front and be a part of the change that is coming or they can be left behind.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 3, 2014 12:01 PM
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The Big O: Between Ellen and Everyone's Mom, Oscar Night Turned Into Ladies Night

For a year with no female talent represented in the director’s category and only three of the nine best-picture candidates featuring women in lead roles, the Oscar show was a regular femme fest.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • March 3, 2014 10:39 AM
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