For so long, the up hill battle was to get more sisters on screen. For us to see more reflections of ourselves. To validate our experiences – as diverse and complex as each one of us are.
So now having black women be the force behind our stories is a powerful sign that we’ve come a long way. We are now, more than ever, in control of our own narrative. Beyond just casting us to appear on screen, we now have ladies who look like us in the writers room, behind the cameras and leading the charge at television networks.
Fitting for their 45th anniversary, Essence Magazine has chosen five incredible women to feature on their May 2015 cover. The new issue pays tribute to the contributions of these great women – Shonda Rhimes, Mara Brock Akil, Issa Rae, Debbie Allen and Ava DuVernay. From online, to TV and the big screen these ladies have made huge strides and continue to break barriers.
The issue hits stands on April 27th and be sure to look it up.