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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

Louis CK's "So Did the Fat Lady" Is Not The Last - Or The First - Word On Fat Women On TV

Larger women have been demonstrating on TV, on their own terms, what their experiences are long before the current King of Comedy tackled the subject.
  • By Sara Stewart
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  • May 14, 2014 10:08 AM
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Why Leslie Jones' Controversial Slavery Sketch on SNL Was So Important

Jones speaks out about the tough reality for many black women in America, who face the double burden of both sexism and racism.
  • By Prachi Gupta
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  • May 6, 2014 11:00 AM
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  • 6 Comments

Lena Dunham's Feminist Week: From SNL to SXSW

Dunham on men's rights, female typecasting, and telling her story through "whatever means necessary."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 11, 2014 4:00 PM
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Black Comedienne Sasheer Zamata Joins SNL

Sasheer Zamata became the most famous performer on "Saturday Night Live" yesterday when the show announced her addition to the cast.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 7, 2014 1:12 PM
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TV: New Black Comedienne to Join SNL (Finally)

Public protests from castmembers, widespread media scrutiny, and the existence of many talented black comediennes have finally convinced longtime SNL producer Lorne Michaels to add an African-American funnywoman to the cast.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 13, 2013 2:30 PM
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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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Must Watch: SNL Girls Parody with Tina Fey

Over the weekend, Tina Fey hosted the first new episode of the latest season of Saturday Night Live.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 30, 2013 11:10 AM
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