This morning, we woke up to the Academy Award news that three movies that center Black lives – Moonlight, Fences, and Hidden Figures – were nominated for Best Picture. Black actresses Naomie Harris, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer were 3 of the 5 nominated for Best Supporting Actress. The Academy nominated Moonlight’s Barry Jenkins for Best Director and Ava DuVernay’s 13th for Best Documentary. The list goes gloriously on.

I recently had the opportunity to talk with filmmaker Nadhege Ptah about her experiences as both an independent filmmaker and a local mom making a name for herself in Harlem. I first saw her short film Dodo Titi in 2016 and was impressed by the poignant way she told the story of a Black nanny who felt that her employers valued the family dog more than they did their significant human employee. From Hollywood to Harlem, Black filmmakers are shining – and have so much more to share.  read more here:


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