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Wanda Sykes and Jill Soloway Honored at Point Foundation Gala

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“Slowly but surely I realized by writing this TV show, and distributing this TV show to the world, it would actually make the world safer for somebody that I love,” “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway explained as they accepted the point impact award at the annual Point Honors La Gala, held Saturday. According to Variety, Soloway’s honor recognizes those who have contributed to and improved the lives of the Lgbtq community. Also honored at the event was comedian-actress-producer-writer Wanda Sykes, who took home the point legend award, “given to an individual who has achieved prominence in their career and who has faithfully backed the Lgbtq community,” the source writes.

Soloway emphasized that after “Transparent” premiered on Amazon back in 2014, the team behind the show received “a giant cascade of love and support from the Lgbtq community and especially the trans community.” Inspired by Soloway’s own family, the series kicked off with Maura (Jeffrey Tambor) coming out as transgender to her ex-wife and children. The recently released fourth season of the critically acclaimed drama sees Maura’s daughter Ali (Gaby Hoffmann) exploring her relationship to the gender binary.

Sykes came out as gay in her 40s, and joked about the benefits of waiting until a period of her life when her parents couldn’t kick her out of the house for being gay. “I can afford to be gay,” she said, whereas others “get kicked out of their homes, and that’s why I support organizations doing the work that [the Point Foundation] is doing, so I appreciate that,” she acknowledged.

Afternoon Delight” writer-director Soloway is also an exec producer on Amazon’s “I Love Dick,” a comedy about a wife and husband who become infatuated with a male professor. The fate of the series is unknown — the streamer hasn’t confirmed a second season yet. She’s also an exec producer on Angela Robinson’s “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women,” an unconventional love story about the trio behind the creation of “Wonder Woman” that’s hitting theaters this Friday, October 13.

Black-ish,” “Snatched,” and “Bad Moms” are among Sykes’ recent credits.

Wanda Sykes and Jill Soloway Honored at Point Foundation Gala was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Marvel Plans New TV Show Based on Existing Superhero

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Marvel Plans New TV Show Based on Existing Superhero
Marvel is continuing to expand its TV slate, bringing on Oscar-winning writer John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) to develop a new TV series for ABC. Entertainment Weekly reports that the writer's deal involves, "reinventing an existing Marvel superhero character or property for ABC," but it wasn't revealed which character will be the focus of this show. The news comes just one week after we reported that ABC and Marvel are developing a spinoff series for Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., even though that program hasn't been officially renewed, although it seems likely.

If the project gets a series order, it will be the third Marvel show to air on ABC, following Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and this year's Marvel's Agent Carter, which hasn't been renewed for a second season yet either. It's possible that either the Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff or this new untitled series could serve as a midseason
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Director Rusty Cundieff Talks to Sergio About Why His New Feature ‘White Water’ Is Not Your Typical Civil Rights Movie

Back in 1993 writer and director Rusty Cundieff burst upon the scene with his hysterical film satirizing hip-hop, Fear of a Black Hat, which has now achieved cult status and he followed up two years later with equally popular urban horror film spoof Tales from the Hood. Since then he's been very busy comedy television director involved with such shows as The Dave Chappelle Show and The Wanda Sykes Show and directing TV episodes for commercial and cable networks. Now after a long absence Cundieff has finally returned to feature film making with the TV One movie White Water starring Larenz Tate, Sharon Leal, Barry Shabaka Henley and Amir and Amari O’Neil which the network will...
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TV One to Premiere Rusty Cundieff’s Segregation Era-set Feature 'White Water' on Feb. 15

Writer/director Rusty Cundieff ("Fear of the Black Hat," "The Wanda Sykes Show," "Tales From The Hood," "The Hustle," etc) makes his long waited return to feature length filmmaking, with the TV movie, "White Water," for TV One, which the network will premiere on February 15th. The film was shot on location in Alabama, and stars Sharon Leal, Larenz Tate, Shabaka Barry Henley and Amir and Amari O'Neal, who are both playing the pivotal role of Michael in the film. "White Water," which is set in the segregated South of 1963, deals with "7 year-old black kid, Michael, who lives with his mother, Annie, who...
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John Ridley on ABC’s ‘American Crime’: ‘They Told Me to Be Bold’

John Ridley on ABC’s ‘American Crime’: ‘They Told Me to Be Bold’
John Ridley, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “12 Years a Slave,” definitely has “a lot going on” currently — and an announcement Tuesday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour put even more attention on the scribe.

ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee disclosed that the Alphabet has signed an overall deal with Ridley. The network has made an 11-episode commitment for Ridley’s “American Crime,” starring Timothy Hutton and Felicity Huffman, with shooting starting July 28 in Austin through mid-November.

“Even though it’s set in California, we had to shoot in Texas because of the incentives,” Ridley told Variety.

The series examines the impact of a racially charged trial on the key players. Ridley is teamed with Michael McDonald, the former ABC Studios drama chief, and will exec produce along with writing and directing some of the segments.

Ridley said Lee gave him the greenlight to shoot the pilot on the morning
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Oscars 2014: Winning screenplay writer credits 'Fresh Prince'

Will Smith probably didn’t know it at the time, but he was helping to develop a future Oscar-winning screenwriter while headlining The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

Writer John Ridley — who won his first Academy Award on Sunday for adapting 12 Years of Slave — credits his long career as a TV comedy writer for helping him transition successfully to the big screen. Ridley, whose small screen credits include Fresh Prince, Martin, The John Larroquette Show and The Wanda Sykes Show, drew upon Solomon Northup’s autobiography to write the screenplay for the Steve McQueen-directed movie that won best picture Sunday.
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Wanda Sykes To Host 2 All-Female Summer Comedy Specials On Oprah Winfrey’s Own

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Exclusive: Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious will air Saturday, July 13 and Saturday, July 20 at 10 Pm on Oprah Winfrey’s Own. The one-hour original comedy specials will be hosted and produced by Sykes and Page Hurwitz’s Push It Prods., in conjunction with Harpo Studios. The shows will be taped in front of a live studio audience at Harpo Studios in Chicago, the former home of The Oprah Winfrey Show. Scheduled to appear are emerging female stand-ups Andi Smith, Gloria Bigelow, Marina Franklin, Tracey Ashley, Carmen Lynch and Dominique Witten. Kym Whitley from Own’s Raising Whitley is among those scheduled for a guest appearance. Sykes also will appear with her guests in a series of comedy shorts that will air throughout each hour. Sykes, Hurwitz and Harpo’s Jill Barancik executive produce. Longtime Sykes collaborators Lance Crouther (Wanda At Large) and Alyson Fouse (The Wanda Sykes Show) are writers on the project.
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Eddie Murphy to Get Cracking on Marion Barry Biopic

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Eddie Murphy to Get Cracking on Marion Barry Biopic
"Tower Heist" star Eddie Murphy, who recently bowed out of the hosting gig for next year's Oscars, is attached to play scandal-plagued former Washington, D.C. mayor Marion Barry in a biopic that's being developed by HBO Films, HBO confirms to TheWrap. Spike Lee will direct the project, while John Ridley (whose resume includes "The Wanda Sykes Show," the "Barbershop" TV series and "Undercover Brother") will write the script. Murphy, Lee and Ridley will all serve as executive producers. The project's source material will include the 1994 book "Dream City" by Washington, D.C.
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Elvis Nolasco joins Spike Lee's Da Brick

Elvis Nolasco has joined the cast of HBO.s new series "Da Brick" from Mike Tyson and Spike Lee. Tyson and Lee have teamed with "Entourage" creator and HBO show creator Doug Ellin for the new series . which is set in Newark and based on Tyson's early life growing up in the projects. The pilot was written by John Ridley (writer on "The Wanda Sykes Show", "Third Watch" and "Barbershop" TV series) with Lee set to direct. Nolasco was cast in the role called, "Hector Acevedo aka The Real" - who is a quite menace but dangerous. The actor has appeared in Lee.s Clockers, the futuristic sci-fi short film "White" and as "Jefe' in the film "Low
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The 20 Funniest Women in Movies... Right Now

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For women, breaking into comedy is a tough enough nut to crack without the chauvinistic "women aren't funny" comments. Not only is it not true, but with a male-dominated writer's field in Hollywood (73 percent of the WGA's film writers are men) it's only too clear that if women aren't funny onscreen it's probably because the only funny thing they had to do in the script was fall down and go boom boom.

The widely accepted paradigm in movies (not to mention TV) is having an out-of-shape or mildly attractive but funny husband and his hot, not-as-funny wife. And it's getting stale, baby. In order for a woman to go against that grain takes massive ovaries, the ability to generate her own material, and absolutely no fear of looking stupid.

Here are our picks for the 20 funniest women working in movies today.

20. Eva Mendes

This beautiful Latina may have entered public
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Fox's Late-Night Topper Todd Yasui Steps Down To Run Jamie Foxx's Sketch Comedy

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Exclusive: Almost five years after he joined Fox as Svp of late-night, Todd Yasui is leaving the executive ranks to return to producing. He has boarded the network's midseason sketch comedy from Jamie Foxx as executive producer/showrunner. The series, tentatively titled The Jamie Foxx Project, was recently picked up by Fox with a 12-episode order. On the series, from Fox TV Studio, Foxx/King Entertainment and The Tannenbaum Co., Yasui will serve as an executive producer alongside Foxx, Marcus King and Jaime Rucker King, Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum. Carl Jones is writing/co-executive producing, while Affion Crockett is starring and producing. During Yasui's tenure at Fox, the network launched two late-night talk shows on Saturday, Talkshow with Spike Feresten and The Wanda Sykes Show. But with those 2 as well as MadTV gone, the network has no original programming in the Saturday 10-11:30 Pm time period, which is
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Theater Interview: Still at Large With Wanda Sykes

Chicago – Wanda Sykes wants you to know that she still has a mind and a mouth and she’s not afraid to use either. The Emmy Award-winning comedienne known for her work on “The Wanda Sykes Show,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” as well as several HBO specials is back on the road after a year that has seen much in the way of personal and professional advances.

After coming out publicly following an anti-Proposition 8 rally in California, Sykes has unleashed an even greater acidity to her already irreverent tongue. The comic recently caught up with HollywoodChicago.com to discuss the accomplishment in producing one’s own talk show, her experience as one of television’s foremost female writers, and why comedy just may be paving the path for equality.

Wanda Sykes.

Photo credit: Coutesy of www.WandaSykes.com

HollywoodChicago: After a year of new shows,
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“The Wanda Sykes Show” axed?

By Greg Hernandez

Deadline Hollywood’s Nellie Andreeva is reporting that The Wanda Sykes Show is being canceled by Fox after just one season!

Writes Nellie: The late-night talk show started off strong but tumbled in the ratings as the season went on and fell below the performance of predecessor MadTV in the Saturday 11 Pm hour. Fox has options for the late-night Saturday slot. It has been actively developing sketch comedies this pilot season and ordered two pilots, one written by and starring Dana Carvey and Spike Feresten, with another, from Jamie Foxx and MadTV creators Fax Bahr and Adam Small.

I’d be more outraged if I’d watched it more than just a few times. It’s hard to change your Saturday night viewing habits and if I’ve been out and about, I like to come home and watch SNL. I just don’t think Wanda’s show created enough buzz-worthy moments.
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Watch: Erykah Badu's 'Window Seat' gets the Wanda Sykes treatment

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Erykah Badu's "Window Seat" music video slash strip tease has been causing a stir in the debate on decency and artistry, but that doesn't mean we can't laugh about it. Ask Wanda Sykes. The comedienne made her own version of the clip for "The Wanda Sykes Show," redubbed "Middle Seat." Just wait at least for the rhyming scheme for "pee." Badu's video earned her a disorderly conduct charge after the clip caught on -- which comes with a $500 fine -- and at the very least, the discussion has people, perhaps, interested too in her new music. Her new album "New...
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Wanda Sykes Discusses Late-Night with The Wanda Sykes Show

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The comedienne talks about what's coming up on her late-night Fox program Wanda Sykes has joined the late-night talk-show fold with her new series The Wanda Sykes Show, which airs every Saturday night at 11 Pm Et on Fox. This Saturday is the second of seven consecutive original episodes and Sykes recently held a conference call to discuss what's coming up on her show. Here's what she had to say.

I just wanted to ask you, you have the opportunity to get any guest you want on your show. Which guest do you not want on the show?

Wanda Sykes: Not want? Honestly, it's not like we've been able to just get any guest. We've just been lucky to get like Sade, who I really, really wanted. After having her on the show, I can't really rule anyone out or say that someone I'm looking forward or don't want to talk to.
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TV Daily: (02.01) New Episodes of The Cleveland Show, Family Guy, American Dad and More!

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If you recently missed an episode of your favorite show, don't sweat it. TV Daily has you covered. Every day, we will be updating you with the funniest, most exciting series out there. Finally, you can catch all of these water cooler conversation starters in one convenient place. Today, we have brand new episodes of The Cleveland Show, Family Guy, American Dad!, The Wanda Sykes Show, Friday Night SmackDown, and America's Most Wanted.

To get started, click on one of the boxes below:

The Cleveland Show: S01E12: "Our Gang"

Cleveland (Mike Henry) comes to the rescue of frustrated parents by taking a group of delinquent teens under his wing. With the help of Cleveland Jr. (Kevin Michael Richardson), he creates a new club dubbed the "Crazy Eights," and hopes that it will keep the kids on the straight and narrow. However, he is soon mixed up in bad business,
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'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Precious' nab NAACP Image award nominations

Six  was the magic number for NAACP Image Awards nominations announced Wednesday (Jan. 6).

ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," the film "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" and the TNT's telepic "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story" led with six nominations apiece.

In music, however, Jay-z and Maxwell led the way with five nods each.

The nominations were announced at a press conference that featured Tay Diggs, comedian Wanda Sykes, "Brothers Star" Michael Strahan, Tatyana Ali and Kyle and Chris Massey.

The 41st NAACP Image Awards will air live beginning at 8 p.m. Et on Friday, Feb. 26 on Fox.

Check out the nominees:

Television

Outstanding Comedy Series

"30 Rock" (NBC)

"Everybody Hates Chris"(CW)

"Glee"(Fox)

"Tyler Perry's House of Payne"(TBS)

"Ugly Betty"(ABC)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

Daryl "Chill" Mitchell - "Brothers"(Fox)

Donald Faison - "Scrubs"(NBC)

Dulé Hill - "Psych"(USA Network)

Lavan Davis - "Tyler Perry's House of Payne
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Best. Lesbian. Decade. Ever. (2000 - 2009)

As 2009 comes to a close, we take a look back at some of the people and events that made this the Best. Lesbian. Decade. Ever. in pop culture.

Luckily for all of us, there was far more information to have mentioned from the last ten years than we could have included in this brief survey. That's why our lists for each year are not intended to be exhaustive, but are instead snapshots of different memorable moments that included the representation of lesbians and bisexual women in film, television, music, literature, comics, sports and the Internet since the year 2000.

2000

Chavela Vargas[/link] comes out

Mexican ranchera music legend Chavela Vargas publicly came out as a lesbian at the tender age of 81.

Angelina Jolie wins Best Supporting Actress Oscar

Angelina Jolie won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Girl, Interrupted and told Talk Magazine, "I only play women I would date.
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The AfterEllen.com 2009 Visibility Awards

In our annual Visibility Awards, we formally recognize the people who have positively or negatively impacted lesbian and bi visibility in American entertainment during the year. (See previous years here: 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004.)

From Best Movie to Worst Song to Lesbian/Bi Woman of the Year, these awards recognize the television shows, movies, music, books and people who entertained, inspired, or disappointed us in 2009.

Last year, some of the category winners were chosen by both the AfterEllen.com staff and AfterEllen.com readers. This year, AfterEllen.com staff and contributing writers chose the winners for each category, as readers will be given the opportunity to vote on a wider range of topics and categories in our first annual Lesbian/Bi Women's Choice Awards in January.

Once again this year, we've included international people, shows and movies as a reflection of the increasing awareness of lesbian and bisexual visibility around the world made possible by the Internet.
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New Fox Clips - The Wanda Sykes Show, Fringe, The Cleveland Show, House and So You Think You Can Dance

Fox has sent us along a few clips from The Wanda Sykes Show, Fringe, The Cleveland Show, House and So You Think You Can Dance. First up, there are five clips from "Fringe" including Observer: More Than One as well as a "Just the Facts" clip and another Observer spotted clip. "So You Think You Can Dance" has a recap clip from the top 16 as well as two behind-the-scenes looks - one for the choreography and the other concerning the look. Wanda Sykes talks about her career as well as her influences and her sidekick Keith for "The Wanda Sykes" show. "House" has preview clips from the "Ignorance is Bliss" episode which airs on November 23rd. Note, "House" clips will expire on November 24th, "The Cleveland Show" clips expire on November 23rd and "Fringe" clips expire on Saturday, November 21st. Catch them while they're live.
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