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Women's History Month is still in full effect, so we have to give our Black female history makers their flowers. There are so many Black women in Hollywood to thank, including Black women filmmakers who dare to tear down walls and break glass ceilings. Here are five of those filmmakers we all need to thank.
"Queen Sugar," the critically acclaimed drama series from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay ("A Wrinkle in Time," "13th," "Selma"), executive producer Oprah Winfrey and Warner Horizon Scripted Television, returns for its fourth season on OWN Wednesday, June 12 (9 p.m. ET/PT). Continuing a creative initiative established in the show's first season, series creator/executive producer DuVernay has once again assembled an all-female directing team for the fourth consecutive season. Season 4 directors include Cheryl Dunye, who will also serve as producing director .
The new season also continues the series’ use of an all-female directing team, a “creative initiative” established in the show’s first season by creator/exec producer DuVernay. Season 4 directors will include Cheryl Dunye, who will also serve as producing director, Carmen Marrón, Numa Perrier, Heidi Saman, Bola Ogun and Tchaiko Omawale.
Invoking the work of the late Audre Lorde, self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” the 2019 Marion Thompson Wright Lecture (MTW) at Rutgers University – Newark held Saturday, February 17, was a tour de force of thought, image, and performance on the theme “The Erotic as Power: Sexuality and the Black Experience.”
Revry is the first queer global streaming network, available in 35 million homes in over 100 countries, with a uniquely curated selection of LGBTQ+ film, series, and originals along with the world’s largest queer libraries of groundbreaking podcasts, albums and music videos. Revry is available worldwide on seven OTT, mobile, and online platforms, and hosts the exclusive LGBTQ+ channels on Pluto TV and XUMO.
The series will be based on the 1991 novel of the same name by author-playwright-activist Jewelle Gomez. The book is a prime example of Afrofuturism, a form of science fiction that is rooted in and celebrates African history, traditions, culture, and a black identity.
Rights to “The Gilda Stories” were acquired by San Francisco-based 13th Gen, the film house owned by multi-award winning independent filmmaker Marc Smolowitz.
Cheryl Dunye is set to write and direct The Wonder of All Things for Lionsgate and producers David Heyman and Jeff Clifford at Heyday. Lionsgate snapped up screen rights to the Jason Mott novel four years ago as reported by Deadline.
Pioneer writer-director Cheryl Dunye (Queen Sugar) has joined season 2 of the hit TNT series Claws. The popular network series stars Niecy Nash and follows the rise of five diverse and treacherous manicurists working at the Nail Artisan of Manatee County in Florida, where a lot more is going on besides silk wraps and pedicures.
During Black History Month, get acquainted with Cheryl Dunye's groundbreaking classic from 1996.
Leonard is also a storyteller. In “The Fae Richards Photo Archive” Leonard collaborated with filmmaker Cheryl Dunye to tell the fictionalized story of a black lesbian actress and jazz singer. The photos follow the life of Richards, through the civil-rights era and into her later years as a forgotten starlet. While the photos and the story are fake, Richard’s experiences were shared by many. Whether it’s political, personal, or historical, Leonard covers the human experience for all.