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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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Women and Hollywood

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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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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Want a Princess Leia Action Figure? Sorry, Disney Doesn't Sell Them

They do make figurines of random Stormtroopers and plushies of Jawa and Bantha, though.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 23, 2014 3:08 PM
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  • 13 Comments

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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  • 4 Comments

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