THE WEEK IN WOMEN: Lena Waithe, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Natalie Dormer Making News — Brandy McDonnell reports

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Lena Waithe, the first woman of color to win an Emmy for best writing in a comedy series for her work on Master of None will receive MTV’s Trailblazer Award, presented to honor content creators who introduce new and unique voices within the entertainment industry. Waithe, who starred in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, is the creator, writer and producer of Showtime’s The Chi.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, showrunner for BBC America’s new drama Killing Eve is opening opportunity for women on camera by swapping out male characters for compelling and complex female leads. Natalie Dormer is set to star as Vivien Leigh in an upcoming series focusing on the iconic Gone with The Wind star’s personal and professional successes and struggles. Read details 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 NewsOK.com, 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 AWFJ.org.