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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

TV: Black Female Creators Discuss Responsibilities, Opportunities

"Either we are pristine -- wearing suits, very wealthy, more elegant than anybody -- or we have 'Ooooh girl.' To me, we have these extremes on both sides [in pop culture]: the bougie and the rat chick. There's a middle ground we're missing."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 14, 2014 3:00 PM
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HBO to Develop Comedy Series Starring Issa Rae

Issa Rae is teaming up with Larry Wilmore to co-write a comedy series for HBO. Rae is set to star.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 6, 2013 2:00 PM
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Watch This: The Michelle Obama Diaries - Produced by Issa Rae

We had previously written that Issa Rae was a woman in media to watch. She continues to produce content that proves that. Her latest is The Michelle Obama Diaries.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 26, 2012 3:57 PM
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Woman to Watch: Issa Rae - Creator and Star of The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

Issa Rae, 27, is beginning to make her mark in Hollywood. She recently sold with Shonda Rhimes a half hour comedy to ABC, I Hate L.A. Dudes, which is about a journalist who moves to Los Angeles to be the sole woman on an internet talk show while navigating the often horrific L.A. dating scene.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 11, 2012 12:30 PM
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