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Lillian E. Benson to Be Honored by Motion Picture Editors Guild

21 March 2017 11:02 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Lillian E. Benson: Courtesy of Motion Picture Editors Guild

This is the kind of herstory we love learning about: Lillian E. Benson was the first African-American female member of the American Cinema Editors (Ace), a prestigious honorary society of film editors. Now the trailblazer is set to be honored by The Motion Picture Editors Guild (Local 700 Iatse) with its Fellowship and Service Award, The Hollywood Reporter writes.

Benson, an adjunct professor at USC, launched her career in New York. She received an Emmy nomination in 1991 for “Eyes on the Prize II,” Jacqueline Shearer’s PBS docuseries about the Civil Rights Movement. A year later, she was welcomed into American Cinema Editors.

“She is currently editing NBC’s ‘Chicago Med’ and in 2016 worked on the Oprah Winfrey/Craig Wright drama ‘Greenleaf,’” THR reports. Benson also served on the editorial team of Rita Coburn Whack and Bob Hercules’ 2016 doc “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise,” a portrait of the late American poet and civil rights activist.

Benson has also stepped behind the camera as a director. She helmed an episode of the PBS children’s series “The Big Blue Marble,” and the 2004 documentary short about firefighters of color who died at the World Trade Center, “All Our Sons: Fallen Heroes of 9/11.” Benson recently completed her second doc, this one about a choral arranger, “Amen: The Life and Music of Jester Hairston.”

Lillian E. Benson has a had a long career editing influential and socially conscious films, and has been long active in working to increase minority participation in the filmmaking process,” said Mpeg president and Academy Award-winner Alan Heim. “In addition, she has been an active member of the board of directors for the American Cinema Editors as secretary and co-chair of the diversity committee.”

Benson will accept her honor during a dinner April 8 in Los Angeles. The Mpeg award will be presented to her by director and producer Zeinabu Irene Davis, a friend and collaborator of Benson’s.

This year marked the first time that an African-American woman received an Oscar nomination for editing. Joi McMillon was recognized for her work on “Moonlight.”

Check out a video of Benson discussing her craft and career below.

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Lillian E. Benson to Be Honored by Motion Picture Editors Guild was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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Emma Watson Promises Reading This Book Will Be a "Life-Changing" Experience

7 March 2017 4:45 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

@oursharedshelf's March & April book is #WomenWhoRunWiththeWolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes »

- Lindsay Miller

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Missed Last Night’s Premiere of Maya Angelou Documentary ‘And Still I Rise’? Watch It Online Now!

22 February 2017 5:48 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise,” the first feature documentary on the prolific life of Dr. Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928-May 28, 2014) premiered on PBS’ American Masters series nationwide last night, Tuesday, February 21. If you missed it, PBS has made… Continue Reading → »

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TV Review: ‘Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise,’ An American Masters Documentary on PBS

21 February 2017 11:05 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

What many people know about Maya Angelou stems from her high-profile life as an intellectual, poet, memoirist and activist. For those less familiar with her life, “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise” should serve as a bracing introduction, and as an inducement to dive into her prose, poetry and speeches.

The experiences that went into the creation of her celebrated autobiographies are covered in this solidly crafted American Masters documentary. But what the documentary does best is give a sense of the wide sweep of her immensely varied and fascinating life. Even those who know Angelou’s biography fairly well are likely to appreciate the insights of her collaborators, colleagues, friends and family members, who talk vividly about the flowering of her gifts in many different social and artistic arenas.

Towering over the documentary’s lively lineup of contributors is Angelou herself. She passed away in 2014, but directors Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack use well-chosen »

- Maureen Ryan

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Emma Watson’s Beauty and the Beast Tour Style Instagram Is Both Gorgeous and Inspiring

20 February 2017 11:29 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Emma Watson has fun with fashion, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t take it seriously too. And she’s added it to her list of causes that she’s not just spotlighting with her celebrity, but practicing what she preaches as well.

From embracing the feminist message of the new Beauty and the Beast, hiding Maya Angelou books along N.Y.C.’s subway to spread positivity after the presidential election and crusading for women’s equality as the U.N.’s Women Goodwill Ambassador, the 26-year-old actress has made monumental change with everything she sets her mind to. »

- Kaitlyn Frey

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Our Staff Picks: TV Shows to Watch the Week of Feb. 20, 2017

20 February 2017 9:30 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter, offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV.

Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s TV schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch it. This week, Jimmy Kimmel hosts the Academy Awards.

Bates Motel,” A&E, Monday, 10 p.m.

Bates Motel”: How much longer can Norman keep Mother’s death a secret? It’s the final season of A&E’s hit drama, and the stakes couldn’t be higher — especially with Rihanna set to guest star as Marion Crane, the ill-fated visitor to “Bates Motel.” It’s not going to end well — her visit, we mean. We have far higher hopes for the series finale.

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise,” PBS, Tuesday, 8 p.m. (Critics Pick)

What this lively, two-hour American Experience documentary does best is give a sense of the wide »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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‘Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise’: How to Watch ‘American Masters’ Special Live Event, Featuring Hillary and Bill Clinton

16 February 2017 2:00 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

As February comes to a close, PBS intends to conclude their month-long programming of Black History celebrating African-American experience with various documentaries and specials, with the nationwide premiere of “American MastersMaya Angelou: And Still I Rise” directed and produced by Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack, on Tuesday, February 21 on PBS. The film will also be available on DVD through PBS Distribution.

The film discusses Dr. Maya Angelou’s working relationships with Malcolm X and James Baldwin along with new interviews with Dr. Angelou (filmed before her death in 2014), Oprah Winfrey, Common, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton and many others.

Read More: ‘Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise’ Review: Comprehensive Documentary Lacks the Spark of Its Subject

Preceding next week’s airing of the documentary, tonight at approximately 6:05 p.m. E.T., “American Masters” in affiliation with Facebook and Instagram, will live stream a special preview event »

- Kerry Levielle

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‘Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise’: How to Watch ‘American Masters’ Special Live Event, Featuring Hillary and Bill Clinton

16 February 2017 2:00 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As February comes to a close, PBS intends to conclude their month-long programming of Black History celebrating African-American experience with various documentaries and specials, with the nationwide premiere of “American MastersMaya Angelou: And Still I Rise” directed and produced by Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack, on Tuesday, February 21 on PBS. The film will also be available on DVD through PBS Distribution.

The film discusses Dr. Maya Angelou’s working relationships with Malcolm X and James Baldwin along with new interviews with Dr. Angelou (filmed before her death in 2014), Oprah Winfrey, Common, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton and many others.

Read More: ‘Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise’ Review: Comprehensive Documentary Lacks the Spark of Its Subject

Preceding next week’s airing of the documentary, tonight at approximately 6:05 p.m. E.T., “American Masters” in affiliation with Facebook and Instagram, will live stream a special preview event »

- Kerry Levielle

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Watch: Maya Angelou’s Son Weeps Recalling Heartbreak His Mother Felt Losing Role to Pearl Bailey

16 February 2017 11:33 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It’s hard to think of Maya Angelou as anything other than the symbol of strength she portrayed in her award-winning autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. But before it’s publication in 1969, the late poet was a single mother struggling to find work to support her son.

In an exclusive clip from American MastersMaya Angelou: And Still I Rise, the first documentary feature about her life, Angelou’s son Guy Johnson gets emotional remembering one particular hardship she experienced at the arms of Emmy-winning actress Pearl Bailey.

The year was 1967, and Hello Dolly! — one of »

- Dave Quinn

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Tess Holliday Strips Down and Quotes Maya Angelou in Sexy Selfie: ‘Does My Sexiness Upset You?’

13 February 2017 8:41 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

She’s got sexiness and brains!

Model Tess Holliday stripped down to her underwear for a sultry bathroom selfie, and slyly nodded at her haters in the caption.

Holliday posted the photo with portions of Maya Angelou‘s iconic poem, “Still I Rise.”

“You may shoot me with your words,

You may cut me with your eyes,

You may kill me with your hatefulness,

But still, like air, I’ll rise.”

“Does my sexiness upset you?

Does it come as a surprise

That I dance like I’ve got diamonds

At the meeting of my thighs?” Holliday quoted.

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- Julie Mazziotta

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Newswire: Paul Feig to lead a women’s directing workshop

7 February 2017 5:27 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Variety reports that Paul Feig has been selected as the distinguished artist for the American Film Institute Conservatory’s Directing Workshop for Women. Operating for more than 40 years, the Dww’s alumni include Maya Angelou, Anne Bancroft, Cicely Tyson, and hundreds of more women seeking to refine their gifts in service of the art of film. Past faculty at the workshop include artists-in-residence Jamie Babbit (But I’m A Cheerleader) and Monster director Patty Jenkins, plus dozens of industry insiders and teachers.

Feig has, of course, been a long-time advocate for women in film, filling his roster with comedies starring some of the funniest actresses working in Hollywood today. “To meet with this amazingly impassioned group of diverse, talented filmmakers is a dream come true,” he said in a statement announcing the decision, which will see him serve as a mentor and teacher for the upcoming crop of students ...

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Brooklyn Principal Inspires Young Girls with Curriculum Built Around ‘Fierce Females’

6 February 2017 12:12 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

“I was the only black kid in my class until the 4th grade,” Nikki Bowen tells People. “So I learned really quickly what it meant to be different and what it meant to be poor and black.”

Bowen grew up in a cramped one-bedroom apartment she shared with her mom and little sister in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Bowen’s mom knew the neighborhood school couldn’t offer the quality education she wanted for her girls, so she sent them to a public school on the other side of Brooklyn.

Every morning, Bowen and her sister would wake up at 5:30 a. »

- Tiare Dunlap

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Oprah Winfrey on Mary Tyler Moore’s Profound Impact on Her — and That Time She Made Her Cry!

25 January 2017 12:59 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

As one of television’s first female icons, Mary Tyler Moore — who died Wednesday at 80 — inspired millions. But none quite as much as Oprah Winfrey.

Winfrey was Moore’s biggest fan and honored her often on Winfrey’s similarly eponymous show.

“I wanted to be Mary Tyler Moore. I wanted to be Mary, I wanted to live where Mary lived, I wanted Mr. Grant in my life, I wanted my boss to act like that, I wanted Ted,” Winfrey said in a video.

In 1997, Winfrey even recreated the opening credits of the The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and Moore showed »

- Julie Mazziotta

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‘Whose Streets?’ Review: Ferguson Doc Shows the Birth of Black Lives Matter With Unrelenting Power — Sundance 2017

20 January 2017 11:51 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The arrival of the cell phone camera may be the single greatest advancement in the fight for racial justice, allowing witnesses to hold police accountable and turning the average citizen into a chance documentarian. Grainy footage of police shooting 12-year-old Tamir Rice for playing with a Bb gun, or the shaky handheld live stream of Philando Castile’s last breaths are etched indelibly into the national memory, recalled in fragments with each fresh report of an unarmed black person gunned down by police violence.

For the black residents of Ferguson, Mo, the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown Jr. in 2014 was neither the first nor the last in a long line of police shootings, but it was the final straw. In the wake of Brown’s murder, what began as communal mourning swelled into an unstoppable movement that, as one subject of the electrifying new documentary “Whose Streets?” puts it: “Ain »

- Jude Dry

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Whose Streets?’

20 January 2017 1:07 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot to death by police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014 in a St. Louis suburb, long-simmering African-American rage boiled over. Debuting feature directors Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis’ documentary is an on-the-ground snapshot of the anger and activism that ensued in Ferguson itself. “Whose Streets?” is not a movie intended for those seeking an explanatory recap, let alone “balanced” analysis, of the original case itself. What it does offer, however, is a pulse-taking of one community’s response — variably constructive, occasionally chaotic — to perceived institutionalized abuse by law enforcement.

The filmmakers don’t bother reiterating the (still somewhat debated) details of what happened that day in August. They assume we’re familiar with them, just as they assume viewers don’t require basic intel on how Brown’s death further increased the heightened scrutiny and publicizing of similar incidents that had begun after »

- Dennis Harvey

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TCA: American Masters Presents Exclusive U.S. Broadcast Premiere of ‘Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise,’ Feb. 21 (Trailer)

15 January 2017 12:46 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

The first feature documentary about the prolific life of Dr. Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928-May 28, 2014) will premiere on PBS’ American Masters series, the network announced during its Television Critics Association (TCA) winter tour segment earlier today. “Maya Angelou: And… Continue Reading → »

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