The Wednesday Five


Women Who Made Great TV In 2016

2016 was a very good year for women in television, both in front of and behind the camera. For the women behind the camera—producers, writers, directors—the notion that their roles on television are “rare” are becoming less and less of a reality. BuzzFeed assembled a list of women who knocked it out the park in 2016 in the shows they either created or elevated to the next level. We’re thrilled to see women on the list like Jennie Snyder Urman, creator and executive producer of Jane the Virgin; Nahnatchka Khan, creator and executive producer of Fresh Off the Boat; and Amy Sherman-Palladino, creator and executive producer of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life for Netflix.



Museums Celebrate The Black Women Artists History Has Overlooked

Arts writer for The Huffington Post, Prisciall Frank, wrote this week:

On the first day of Black History Month, the good people at Google blessed the internet with a doodle honoring Edmonia Lewis, the first woman of African-American and Native American descent to earn global recognition as a fine arts sculptor. . . Few originals or duplicates remain intact today. Lewis died in relative obscurity in 1907, and, to this day, remains lesser known than many of her white, male contemporaries.

This well-deserved tribute to Lewis got us thinking about the other black women artists whose contributions to the history of art have been similarly overlooked or undervalued. So we reached out to museums across the country, asking which artists past and present deserve our attention, too.

The nine artists profiled include women like Pat Ward Williams, a Los Angeles-based contemporary photographer; Loïs Mailou Jones, a Boston-born painter whose plentiful, 70-year art career spanned North America, Europe and Africa; and Senga Nengudi, who in the 1960s and 1970s was an “elemental force in New York’s and Los Angeles’ radical, avant-garde black art scenes.”

See more of these women and their incredible body of work here.

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