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BLACK WOMEN shines a light on the sometimes under-appreciated African American female figures of cinema: the actresses, the roles, the images, the personas – historical milestones and indelible landmarks. Built in is an awareness of the decades-long struggles of Black actresses to find significant work – and of sometimes not so much playing roles as playing against their roles to come up with insightful, illuminating, even subversive performances that can still excite us today.” – Donald Bogle, the leading authority on African American images in American movies.

The festival includes Oscar-nominated and Oscar-winning performances by Black women, beginning with Hattie McDaniel, who in 1939 became both the first Oscar-nominated and Oscar-winning African American actress, for her supporting role in Gone with the Wind, and Dorothy Dandridge, who in 1954 was the first African American actress ever nominated for the Best Actress Oscar for her riveting performance in Otto Preminger’s Carmen Jones. Other Oscar nominees and/or winners highlighted in the series includes Cicely TysonEthel WatersDiana RossAngela BassettDiahann CarrollOprah WinfreyJuanita MooreWhoopi Goldberg (Winner, Best Supporting Actress for Ghost (1990)), and Halle Berry (first African American actress to win Best Actress for Monster’s Ball).