Octavia Spencer stars in TV Series as “Madam C.J. Walker”, one of the first American women to become a self-made millionaire

Variety reports Oscar-winning actress, producer and author Octavia Spencer is set to play entrepreneur and activist Madam C.J. Walker (1867–1919) in a new TV Series based on the critically-acclaimed, best-selling biography “On Her Own Ground” by A’Lelia Bundles, Walker’s granddaughter. Madam C.J. Walker suffered from a scalp condition that made her lose her hair, which was the impetus for her to invent a successful line of hair care products, and is ultimately what led her in 1905 to become one of the first female self-made millionaires in America. The series is being produced by SpringHill Entertainment, the production company of NBA star LeBron James, whose mission is to spotlight the hidden African-American figures who helped shape American history.

Discover your Superpower Leadership Workshops for Girls

HERstory Media Arts Project (HMAP), an interactive Out-of-School Time Program that provides mentorship, hands-on training and media literacy education to girls (ages 12-19).

Session I: Discover your Superpower! 
If you could have a superhero power, what would it be and why? This interactive workshop will feature multimedia from diverse writers, comics, and filmmakers. The session will encourage students to discover their full superpower potential. Students will watch film clips, participate in individual and group writing exercises, and more. The workshop will foster self-esteem, team building, leadership skills, creativity, critical thinking and collaboration. Women’s Film Institute provides workshops to conferences, classrooms, student groups, and after school programs. Summer and Fall sessions available. For more information: http://womensfilminstitute.com/herstory/


NEH Media Projects: Production Grants

Don’t miss out on this funding opportunity for your film, television, and radio projects! NEH Media Projects: Production Grants is accepting applications for consideration. The Media Projects program supports film, television, and radio projects that engage general audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, film studies, literature, drama, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology. Production grants support the production and distribution of films, television programs, and radio programs that promise to engage a broad public audience. Deadline: January 11, 2017 for Projects Beginning August 2017. More info: https://www.neh.gov/grants/public/media-projects-production-grants

NALIP’s Diverse Women in Media Residency Lab at ARC (Artist Retreat Center)

logo-colorNALIP’s Diverse Women in Media Residency Lab at ARC (Artist Retreat Center)
Selected Fellows will be invited to the Vermont ARC (Artist Retreat Center) OCT. 3-11 where 8-12 diverse women filmmakers will workshop their documentaries, narrative scripts, or digital projects with distinguished mentors. Within this supportive environment, fellows present their work, participate in focused mentoring sessions, and connect and network for support and project accountability, creating a growing community of artists working together to increase their own successful project completion, and to raise the voices and success rate of women of color filmmakers in the media industry. Application deadline: August 17, 2015 Apply here: http://www.nalip.org/theresidencyutm_campaign=nl_july31_15&utm_medium=email&utm_source=nalip

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