LOS ANGELES, California – March 22, 2017 – To celebrate women’s history month, we must highlight digital platform Hollywood’s Black Renaissance (HBR). HBR focuses on news, stories, interviews, and features about African-American women in film and television and provides exclusive, coverage of this group of pioneers and power players. HBR celebrates how women of the African Diaspora capture the human experience on big and small screens, and acknowledges the impact of black girl magic in front of and behind the camera. HBR’s focus on black women is driven by a passion to shine a light on those who tell our stories to the world.
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We’re at an interesting time in our nation’s history. With the continued push for more diverse stories in the media, and social movements like #OscarSoWhite, the demand for inclusive voices in the media is clear. With close to 1,000 articles (and counting!) HBR strives to address this need by featuring black women pioneers in film and television such as Neema Barnette, Julie Dash, Yvette Lee Bowser, and more. The platform also highlights the next generation of women in media including Nijla Mu’min, Stella Meghie, Janicza Bravo, and Garrett Bradley. These women are pushing boundaries, breaking through barriers, and making history in film, television, and digital media. This unique platform gives women often overlooked by mainstream platforms, the opportunity to receive the media coverage that they deserve.
“For too long, the perspectives and contributions of black women have gone unheard in Hollywood. We are shining a light on the hidden figures who shape and define the images we see,” K. Nicole Mills, HBR’s founder said. With a background in Programming & Development in film and television, Mills understands the need for a platform like HBR first hand. “At a time when the conversation about diversity in Hollywood remains prevalent, recognizing and honoring the powerful presence of black women in film and television, contributes to the push towards a more inclusive and diverse Hollywood community.”
Mills, left her career on Wall Street to pursue her passion in the world of film and television. She was accepted into the NBC Page Program, and from there joined the Universal Pictures Apprentice Program. Mills then went on to work in programming at NBCUniversal and Showtime. Through her journey she was inspired by all of the amazing women in the industry; however, many people outside of the industry were not aware of their impactful contributions to the media industry. “Our stories matter, and our stories need to be shared with the world. HBR is on a mission to do exactly that.”
Our society is in the throes of an important transition and HBR is here to document how black women are shaping and leading it’s future.
HBR’s coverage addresses a major void and provides rich, unique content that can’t be found anywhere else.
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