Girl Power: Top Ten Behind-the-Scenes Power Players

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  • Mara Brock Akil
  • Shonda Rhimes
  • Cheryl Boone Isaacs
  • Queen Latifah
  • Jada Pinkett Smith
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Gina Prince-Bythewood
  • Kasi Lemmons
  • Ava DuVernay
  • Debra Lee
  • Mara Brock Akil, Debra Lee

Cheryl Boone Isaacs

This veteran studio executive made history this year by becoming the first Black woman — indeed, only the third woman overall — to be elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. This puts Isaacs, who previously worked in marketing and publicity for New Line Cinema, in charge of a group that has been dominated by white males for all of its 86 years. 

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