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Top Black Female Directors You Need to Know

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All hail the heroines of cinema! No, we're not talking about the Hollywood starlets. Though we still love them, we're saluting the game-changers behind the camera, calling the shots and taking names.

Although Hollywood isn't the first to jump at supporting minority fueled films—with a handful of exclusions like TV powerhouse Shonda Rhimes, who's relentless primetime domination continues in unapologetic—some ladies are still making ripples in Tinsel Town.

Who was the first black female director nominated for a Golden Globe? Who directed Beyoncé in Cadillac Records? If you don’t know the answer to any of these questions, read on. We're celebrating black female directors who don't always get recognition from Hollywood.

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The living legend Julie Dash broke new ground in 1991 when her film Daughters of the Dust was picked up for theatrical distribution in the U.S., an unprecedented movement. She went on to direct films including The Rosa Parks Story starring Angela Bassett, which won Dash an a nomination from the Director’s Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television.

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The first black woman in history to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Director. After taking Hollywood by storm with the critically-acclaimed film Selma, the biopic about Martin Luther King, Jr., DuVernay continues to raise the bar for Hollywood directors.

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You may not know her name, but we bet her first directed feature film is one of your favorites. Prince-Bythewood broke into mainstream after directing the 2000 romantic drama Love and Basketball. Since then, the writer directed two more films, including the 2014 drama, Beyond the Lights.

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British director Amma Asante achieved critical success after writing and directing her debut film, A Way of Life in 2004. She directed her sophomore flick, Belle, about a mixed race girl raised in 18th century England in 2013.

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Debuting in Hollywood with the southern-voodoo film Eve's Bayou—starring a young Jurnee Smollet and Megan Good—Kasi Lemmons effortlessly became one to watch.  She went on to direct the drama The Caveman's Valentine with Samuel L. Jackson, and Talk to Me, starring Don Cheadle. In 2013, she wrote and directed the star-studded musical, Black Nativity.

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Few female directors can boast of directing the one and only Beyoncé, and Martin is one of them. From Grey's Anatomy to Oz to ER, Martin has found her niche in both TV and feature film directing, showing no signs of slowing down. In 2008, she jumped back into film, writing and directing Cadillac Records (based on Chess Records), where Queen Bey played Etta James.

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When Spike Lee backs you, you know you're an amazing talent. Rees, who studied at NYU's Film School, went from interning for Lee to directing her own movie, Pariah, which eventually became a feature film in 2011. The 27-year-old's current project includes Queen Latifah in the HBO biopic about Bessie Smith.

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Keke Wyatt Announces That She's Pregnant With Her Tenth Child

Keke Wyatt has news to share that concerns expanding her family tree. On Monday (Oct. 14), the "If Only You Knew" singer revealed that she's pregnant with her tenth child.

"My husband Zackariah Darring and I are so happy to announce that we are expecting our new bundle of joy!" she wrote on Instagram. "We are excited to welcome the 10th addition to our beautiful family." The vocalist continued to state that fans can follow her pregnancy journey on her YouTube series The Keke Show where she gives an intimate look at how she balances her career and motherhood.


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My husband Zackariah Darring and I are so happy to announce that we are expecting our new bundle of joy! We are excited to welcome the 10th addition to our beautiful family. Stay tuned for the release date & information for my new YouTube Series “The Keke Show” where you will see me balancing Wife, Mommy and Artist!!! Trust me.. it’s never a dull moment with my family. Love ya sugars💋💋💋 photo credit: @keever_west Styled/Designed by: @keever_west Asst: @freddyoart

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In an interview with The Christian Post, Wyatt said she believes she has "an anointing with motherhood" and looks at her children as fuel to keep striving in her career.

"I just don't believe in shutting down. I believe in that's what the Lord had for me," she said. "Babies don't get in the way of careers, we get in the way of careers. If that's what the Lord had for me from the very beginning, there's nothing nobody can do and nobody can say."

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Summer Walker's Debut Album Inspires Drake To Write New Music

Summer Walker's debut album Over It has everyone's heart aflutter, including Drake.

Off the heels of her debut project, the Atlanta songstress shared Drake's admiration for her project Sunday (Oct. 6) which included collaborations from Jhene Aiko, Usher. 6LACK and Bryson Tiller. Drake had a strong reaction to "Fun Girl," a track that speaks to the acoustic aura of her precious project, CLEAR.

Sharing his love with more than a few emojis, the rapper reveals the song inspired him to pen two new songs at the crack of dawn.


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So I guess fun girl is his favorite song on the album, mines isss... BODY🥰 what’s yours ?

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Summer and Drake worked together for the remix to her breakout hit, "Girls Need Love." In Billboard's  “You Should Know” series, the singer says the two met via Instagram after he gushed about her visuals to the original track. "He said, 'I saw your video on a bowling alley monitor. Thought it was cool,'" she recalled. She added it was Love Renaissance's Justice Baiden who talked her into asking Drake for the remix. The singer is signed to the label along with Grammy-nominated singer 6LACK.

Things have been looking great for the singer. Her album has topped Spotify and YouTube since it's release Friday and is expected to make a nice debut on Billboard's 200 charts.

Get to know the men behind Love Renaissance in our feature, LVRN's Reebok Collaboration Showcases Atlanta's Influence In Fashion.


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Tinashe Resurfaces With Exciting Message: "I'm Back And Better"

Tinashe fans rejoice! After a hiatus, the Joyride artist resurfaced on Instagram Saturday (Sept. 28), in a brief video expressing that she's “back and better.”

After a tumultuous relationship with her label RCA, the singer-songwriter broke ties with the company. Since then, she's been hibernating in her “cave,” as she puts it.

"Creatively, I just feel like I needed to go through what I went through in order to be the person that I am today and to get back to my roots," she explained. "You pretty much put your heart and soul and emotions into all these songs and then you put them out there for the world to judge and tear down and pick apart. It's terrifying and it can really mess with your head."


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In an interview with VIBE, Tinashe expressed how important it is for her to stay true to herself and artistry. “It’s not even necessarily speaking up but coming to your own conclusions yourself and owning your own instincts and trusting in yourself and creative power,” she said. “I think that’s something that is always important to continue to maintain. It’s easy for that sometimes to get derailed, and it’s important to come back to that.”

During her recent statement, she broke down the importance of art and how it should be expressed through individuality and free expression, sans any boxes or limitations. Making people happy through her music is the goal.

"Music and art are supposed to be these wonderful beautiful things that bring people joy and happiness, and that's really why I started making music in the first place—to give people something that means something to them,” she said.

Although Tinashe did not say when fans can expect new music, she did share a snippet of what she’s been working on in the studio in a separate post. “I’m too emotional.”


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I’m too emotional

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