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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Reflecting on Black History Month – Jazz Tangcay reports

Director Kasi Lemmons says, “I celebrate black history all year.” For the Harriet and Self Made director and other African American film artists, Black History Month isn’t just about February, it’s every day. In a series of guest columns, Ruth Carter, Karin Gist, Robin Thede and Lemmons are among the artists who contributed to Variety’s spotlight on Black History Month.

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Ruth E. Carter and Sandy Powell talk Epic Costuming – Jazz Tangcay interviews

Ruth E. Carter made history when she became the first African-American to win the Academy Award for Outstanding Costume Design add this year for “Black Panther.” Recently, she’s reteamed with Eddie Murphy on Netflix’s “Dolemite Is My Name” (they previously collaborated on “Daddy Day Care,” “I Spy” and “Dr. Dolittle 2”), for which where she created more than over 75 costume changes for the star Murphy alone.

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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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