Jenny Slate in “Obvious Child,” A Romantic Comedy Dealing with Abortion and Growing Up

Gillian Robespierre’s Obvious Child will be premiering at the Sundance Film Festival next month, and there’s a Kickstarter for the feature-length romantic comedy here to cover post-production costs. “Obvious Child” is an honest comedy about what happens when Brooklyn comedian Donna Stern (Jenny Slate) gets dumped, fired and pregnant just in time for the worst/best […]

The Representation Project Explores “How the Media Failed Women in 2013”

The makers of the 2011 documentary Miss Representation, which explored the under-representation and sexist depictions of women in mainstream media, have a call-to-action campaign called The Representation Project.

 

The Representation Project is a movement that uses film and media content to expose injustices created by gender stereotypes and to shift people’s consciousness towards change. Interactive campaigns, strategic partnerships and education initiatives inspire individuals and communities to challenge the status quo and ultimately transform culture so everyone, regardless of gender, race, class, age, or circumstance can fulfill their potential.

The video below looks at some of the achievements that women have made in media this year, such as Pakistani teen activist Malala Yousafzai making the cover of Time magazine and Kerry Washington becoming the first black lead actress to be nominated for an Emmy since 1995. But it also shows us the many different, negative ways that the media has portrayed women – from the exploitation of female bodies in ad campaigns by companies like Carl’s Jr. to the sexist rhetoric surrounding politicians like Hillary Clinton and Senator Wendy Davis.

Oprah’s “African-American Women in Hollywood” Special

Take a look at a sneak peek for tomorrow’s episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter that will focus on African-American actresses working in Hollywood. Oprah talks with Viola Davis, Gabrielle Union, Phylicia Rashad, and Alfre Woodard about gender, race, and more.

In many parts of the world, people are judged not just by their skin color but also by their skin tone. The devaluing of dark-skinned women, which is discussed in the documentary, Dark Girls, is something many African-American actresses must overcome. Watch as Alfre Woodard, Viola Davis, Phylicia Rashad and Gabrielle Union tackle the light versus dark-skinned debate.

Five amazing and supremely sophisticated women talking and sitting in a room together? Many interesting discussions will be had and I, for one, will definitely be tuning in.

The episode will air on Sunday, June 23, at 9/8 central, on OWN. It will be immediately followed by the world television premiere of the documentary Dark Girls at 10/9 central.

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