Cheryl Boone Isaacs Named First African American President of Motion Picture Academy

The Academy Awards have honored African American performances just a handful of times in its nearly 115-year history. However, with  newly elected president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and a wave of quality black films in 2013, the Hollywood tide may soon change.

As the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences first African American president, one of Isaac’s first tasks will be to choose a host for the 2014 show. You’ll also find a bevy of top notch positions on her resume, including head of CBI Enterprises, President of Theatrical Marketing for New Line Cinema and Executive Vice President of Worldwide Publicity at Paramount Pictures.

Isaacs is the third woman to head the academy, following actress Bette Davis and screenwriter Fay Kanin. Though the Academy has remained mostly white and male, its membership has grown to include more women and diverse film enthusiasts in recent years.

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