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

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  • 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
  • Jada Pinkett Smith

Kasi Lemmons

After nearly twenty years as an actress appearing in films like School Daze and Silence of the Lambs, Lemmons turned her talents to directing, and never looked back. Her debut feature film Eve's Bayou (1997) is a classic. For years, Lemmons was one of the few women of color on the independent film scene, and has influenced the careers of many of today's leading filmmakers. 

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