By: Jayda Imanlihen, Founder The Young Black Women in TV & Film Conference Viola Davis said in her history making 2015 Emmy award-winning speech that, “You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there. So here’s to all the writers, the awesome people that are Ben Sherwood, Paul Lee, Peter Nowalk, Shonda Rhimes, people who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black.” In an effort to teach […]
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Alfre Woodard’s 2015 Oscar’s Sistahs Soiree to celebrate Black women (even though none were nominated this year) in Hollywood. Sponsored by Elizabeth Taylor’s White Diamonds Lustre, 28 women attended, and from what we hear, they had a ball. We have questions: What did the invites look like? What was served (tea* included). From left to right, how many of these beautiful black actresses can you name? Leave it in the comments section. 🙂 xoxo J.
On January 11th Ava Duvernay could make history, again- by becoming the first Black woman to win the Golden Globe for Best Picture. Selma, a film she co-wrote and directed that premieres this Christmas, is nominated for Best Picture at the 2015 Golden Globes. In their 72-year history, this would be the first time a Black female director has been nominated for Best Picture. BCPRO tips our hat to AVA! This is just the beginning. Also receiving noms for the 2015 […]
As the creator and writer of a blog titled The Official Guide to Black Women in Television and Film, and being a Black woman in film myself, I was elated when another Shonda Rhimes produced dramatic series was rumored to be in production at ABC. That elation shot me to the moon when it was announced that Academy Award Nominated actress Viola Davis would star. I remember reading an early press release where she expressed the same concern many nominated Black […]
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In a category traditionally honored at the Creative Arts Emmy Award show– Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series nominee Uzo Aduba took home the Emmy for Netflix Original Series Orange is the New Black. Starting this year, in 2014, the Guest categories were integrated into the Primetime Emmy Award show. CONGRATS TO UZO! The episode submitted was Lesbian Request Denied. (The same episode submitted for fellow co-star and nominee Laverne Cox).
Dihann Carroll was the first ever Black Emmy nominee in 1963. For 51 years, 2 categories have become elusive for Black women, Lead actress in a Comedy Series and Lead Actress in a Drama Series. So what the hell has taken so long? Well first off, you have to have a show written that actually STARS a Black woman in order for her to play a LEAD role. Which, needless to say have not been many, if any, since Scandal […]
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Yesterday, July 10th, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, announced the nominees for the 2014 Emmy Awards, which awards outstanding original American television programs in multiple categories. In order to be nominated, you must have worked on a show that originally aired on American television between June 1 – May 31 to at least 50% of the United States. The show must air between the times of 6pm-2am in order to qualify for the primetime distinction. Here at […]