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7 Black Women Leading Behind The Scenes


I want to recognize 7 Black women that work in the film and tv industry that perform jobs that don't always guarantee a spot in the lime light. It's important that we acknowledge the Black women who are behind the scenes working on our favorite show or movie. The roles that the women on this list, play are not the most common or known positions for women and women of color which is why I chose them. I want Black women to see yourself in any role in the industry that you want to pursue.


1. Kathryn Bostic: Singer/Songwriter and Composer


Bostic is known for her work on film, TV and theater. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Television Academy. Kathryn is a recipient of numerous fellowships and awards including the prestigious Time Warner-Sundance Fellowship, Sundance Fellowship for Feature Film Scoring, BMI Conducting Fellowship, Sundance Fellowship for Documentary Film Scoring. Worked on films such as Dear White People & Camera Person.


2. Hannah Blecher: Production Designer


Belcher is a film production designer who worked on the 2015 Rocky film Creed, the Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead, and has become known for the Oscar-winning movie Moonlight, Beyoncé's 2016 visual album Lemonade, and for her Afrofuturism design on the blockbuster giant Marvel's Black Panther.


3. Tracy Oliver: Writer


Tracy Oliver has written for movies, web series and tv shows. Her pen has inked Girls Trip, The First Wives Club, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl and Survivor's Remorse.


4. Cybel Martin: Cinematographer


Cybel Martin is an award winning Director of Photography for feature films, commercials and television programs. She has worked on projects such as The Rookie, Martin has been a Camera Opertor on Shondaland’s “For the People”, Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It” and the feature film “Miss Virginia” starring Uzo Aduba. She’s been featured in Fader Magazine, American Cinematographer Magazine and most recently in Fast Company for her work shooting Virtual Reality. Cybel received her MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is a proud member of the International Cinematographers Guild.


5. Stephanie Allain: Producer


Stephanie Allain has been working in her field for over 20 years. She is an award winning producer. She formed Homegrown Pictures and produced Hustle & Flow, Something New, Peeples, Black Snake Moan, and Beyond the Lights. Leimert Park, a Macro Digital Series created and directed by Mel Jones. She also served as Executive Producer on Netflix Original Series, Dear White People.


6. Ruth E. Carter: Costume Designer


Ruth E. Carter is an American costume designer, for film and television, with over 40 films to her credit. Carter has worked on classics like Amistad, Malcolm X, and more recent impactful films such as Selma and Black Panther.


7. Lorrie Barlett: Talent Agent

Lorrie Barlett is a partner and co-head of the talent department at talent and literary agency ICM Partners. Her clients include Academy Award nominee Michael Keaton (Birdman, The Founder), Emmy Award winners Regina King (American Crime) and Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad, Sully), and Emmy Award nominee Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black), among others. She was the first African-American partner at a major talent agency and has been named one of “The 100 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment” by The Hollywood Reporter. Bartlett joined ICM in 2008 as a senior motion picture talent agent. Previously, she worked at The Gersh Agency. She is a graduate of Occidental College.


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