The generation of black girls growing up now are going to see themselves being themselves. The generation of black girls growing up now will have had a black first lady too. Their confidence and power is going to be amazing in the real world.
The images washing over us everyday have an effect. Black girl magic can only increase thanks to the directors in bathed in gold light on this black director tree.
I, for one, can't wait to see what comes next for black female directors and content makers. I can't wait to see black girls and black women starring in coming of age stories, fantasy, and sci-fi movies.
Who knows? I might even get to see Octavia Butler's book Kindred made into a movie or a mini-series one day
1. JULIE DASH
Dash’s first feature — Daughters of the Dust (1991) — was the first film by an African American woman to receive a general theatrical release in the United States; the Library of Congress named it to the National Film Registry in 2004. Dash returned to the film’s characters and their Gullah milieu in her novel of the same title, published in 1999.
If you have not seen Ms. Dash's groundbreaking film (or you would like to see it again), it has received a 25th-anniversary restoration that will open theatrically on November 18th. Watch the trailer athttps://youtu.be/
Interesting Fact: Themes from "Daughters" were heavily featured in Beyoncé's "Lemonade," released earlier this year.
2. NEEMA BARNETTE
Neema Barnette is an American film director, and the first African-American female sitcom director. Barnette was the first African-American woman to get a three-picture deal with Sony. [She did one of her first television movies in 1993]
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3. EUZHAN PALCY
With A Dry White Season in 1989, Euzhan Palcy became the first black woman to direct a Hollywood studio film. She has been fighting the system ever since, and leading the way for a new generation of black female directors....
Palcy’s journey to Hollywood from the French-Caribbean island of Martinique seems like a fairy tale, even to her. There were no filmmakers in Martinique, but at a very early age "I developed an attraction for films and I knew when I was 10 or 11 that I wanted to make movies," she says. "Sometimes I would tell people and they wouldn’t understand that. They all thought that I was talking about being an actress. I said, ’No, no, no.’"