WEEK IN WOMEN: Latifah’s QUEEN COLLECTIVE at Tribeca Film Fest – Brandy McDonnell reports

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At New York’s Tribeca Film Festival, multi-hyphenate entertainer Queen Latifah talked about how she is using her latest endeavor, The Queen Collective Shorts, will elevate women filmmakers and advance gender and racial equality behind the camera.

Mudbound director Dee Rees hosted the hour long discussion, which was followed by the premiere of the collective’s inaugural output of short documentaries.

During the panel, the rapper, actress, label president, author and entrepreneur discussed the origins of her film production collective, where she hopes it will go in the future and how it fits into her multifaceted life’s work.

Developed in partnership with Flavor Unit, a TV and film production company Latifah started in 1995 with producer and manager Shakim Compere, and Procter & Gamble, the women-focused collective selected, financed, produced and distributed two documentary proposals as part of its initial class. Continue reading 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.