WEEK IN WOMEN: Gemma Chan calls for Equitable Representation – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Gemma Chan believes the movie business has a lot of work to do before it can sustain more equitable representation for women and people of color.

For the September issue of British Vogue, Chan – who was born in London and is of Chinese heritage – is featured among the magazine’s 15 game-changing cover stars for her career, which “has layered talent with moving the needle on race representation on screen.”

The feature praises the Oxford-educated, Drama Centre-trained performer from Kent for the vital visibility of her early work in English TV touchstones like Doctor Who and Sherlock, her breakout role playing an android in “Humans” and her recent Hollywood breakthrough in the blockbuster hits Crazy Rich Asians and Captain Marvel. 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.