SPOTLIGHT April 2020: Ruth Carter, Costume Designer, Style Setter, Mentor

Oscar-winning costume designer Ruth Carter has carved a monumental career for herself in an industry that rarely had people of color working in her profession. Women of color, rarer still. Carter has been breaking barriers and building her reputation in the film industry for over 30 years. She’s reached the height of her aspirational dreams, turning what she’s most passionate about into her life’s work. She’s changed society through the films she’s chosen and cleared the way for acceptance of women of color in collaborative artistic positions of power in Hollywood.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Letitia Wright Cast in DEATH ON THE NILE – Brandy McDonnell reports

Black Panther breakout star Letitia Wright has been cast in a key role of Fox’s adaptation of the classic Agatha Christie mystery Death on the Nile. The African-American performer will play Rosalie Otterbourne, a lead suspect in the story, who follows Poirot as he attempts to unravel the murder of a young heiress while on vacation in Egypt.

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African-American Women Winners Make History at 91st Oscars – Lana K. Wilson-Combs reports

The 91st Annual Academy Awards set records for honoring African-American women. Regina King won “Best Supporting Actress” for If Beale Street Could Talk. Hannah Beachler received an Oscar for “Best Production Design” and Ruth E. Carter took home another for “Best Costume Design” for their work on Black Panther. Read what they had to say about their films and historic wins.

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