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

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

Gina Prince-Bythewood

After an illustrious career as a television writer on shows like A Different World and Felicity, Prince-Bythewood became one of the leading voices in Black independent cinema with her seminal film Love & Basketball. The classic film earned her an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature.

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