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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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Guest Post: Raven Symone Plays Georgia...Sticky Issue for Feminists? by Emilie Spiegel

Last week, the Raven Symone series created by chick-lit author Jennifer Weiner, State of Georgia, premiered on ABC Family. Symone plays Georgia, a young woman who’s recently moved to NYC to pursue an acting career. As written, the character of Georgia is meant to be voluptuous -- a quality she embraces yet one that some casting directors reject.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 6, 2011 2:17 AM
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Raven Symone on Her Recent Weight Loss

Raven Symone showed up last week at the People's Choice Awards looking notable slimmer. Clearly, she was under pressure to lose weight because this is the comment she made when asked about her figure:
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 10, 2011 9:50 AM
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