THE WEEK IN WOMEN: It’s Still a White Man’s Celluloid World – Brandy McDonnell comments

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samantha beeThe dearth of female protagonists doesn’t represent the box-office success of women-led films. Still, “It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World” found that stats on female characters of color haven’t changed much, showing a slight increase in black female characters since last year, but no boost in Latina characters, and even fewer Asian females on screen. Samantha Bee, The Daily Show correspondent now launching her own late-night show, Full Frontal, offered a so-simple-it-just-might-work solution to Hollywood’s diversity problem: “Hire women and people of color.” Read how the studios stack up and other items of interest on THE WEEK IN WOMEN…

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for