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TV: Black Female Creators Discuss Responsibilities, Opportunities

14 February 2014 12:00 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Among the most interesting discussions this week about the difficulties and possibilities of culture creation today was a 30-minute roundtable discussion posted on YouTube called "The State of Black TV."  Actress Andrea Lewis moderated a panel with writers Issa Rae (Awkward Black Girl), Lena Waithe (Dear White People), Ashley Blaine Featherson (Hello Cupid), and Numa Perrier (Orange is the New Black and Sexy). The quintet discussed a wide variety of topics, from the kinds of black characters they'd like to see more of in mainstream entertainment, the types of networks most receptive to their work (it's not Bet or VH1), and the disjunct between the popularity of African-American culture and the relative absence of African-American people in Hollywood products.  Waite called attention to the type of black female characters that are easiest to find on TV today: "Either we are pristine -- wearing suits, very wealthy, more elegant than anybody »

- Inkoo Kang

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Watch: Black Women Content Creators On State Of Black Women In Contemporary Media

12 February 2014 9:11 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

A necessary contribution to an ongoing conversation on what we can broadly call "The State of Participation of Black Content Creators in TV and Film."  The below 30-minute videotaped discussion tackles the matter from the Pov of active black women artists whose names you'd be familiar with, especially if you've been a reader of this blog: Issa Rae, Lena Waithe, Ashley Blaine Featherson and Numa Perrier, with Andrea Lewis moderating. Watch, listen and learn: »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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