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

SNL Addresses the Lack of African American Women Straight On

Over the last couple of weeks there has been an ongoing controversy over the lack of African American women on Saturday Night Live.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 4, 2013 11:00 AM
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Queen Latifah Hosting Your New Favorite Talk Show

Good news for your daytime talk show viewing habits--our beloved Queen Latifah is hosting a new talk show beginning in the fall.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • July 8, 2013 12:30 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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Trailer Watch: Joyful Noise

Film Will Open in January
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 27, 2011 2:00 AM
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