Black Female Writers

by alysiallen | created - 18 Jan 2018 | updated - 18 Jan 2018 | Public

List of Black Women who write TV and Movies

1. Misha Green

Writer | Underground

Misha Green is a writer and producer, known for Underground (2016), Lovecraft Country (2019) and Helix (2014).

2. Dee Rees

Director | Mudbound

Writer/Director Dee Rees is an alumna of New York University's graduate film program and a Sundance Screenwriting & Directing Lab Fellow.

In 2018, Dee became the first Black woman nominated for an Oscar in the Best Adapted Screenplay category for her highly-acclaimed film Mudbound (2017). The film, ...

3. Lynn Nottage

Producer | She's Gotta Have It

Lynn Nottage was born on November 2, 1964 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. She is a producer and writer, known for She's Gotta Have It (2017), Ruined and First to Fall (2014).

4. LaToya Morgan

Writer | Shameless

LaToya Morgan is a film and television writer-producer. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she is a graduate of the American Film Institute Conservatory.

5. Shonda Rhimes

Writer | Grey's Anatomy

Shonda Rhimes was born on January 13, 1970 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Shonda Lynn Rhimes. She is a writer and producer, known for Grey's Anatomy (2005), Scandal (2012) and Crossroads (2002).

7. Gina Prince-Bythewood

Writer | Shots Fired

Gina Prince-Bythewood wrote and directed the widely acclaimed feature film Love & Basketball (2000) which premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. She won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature and a Humanitas Prize for her work on the film. Her other directing credits include ...

8. Julie Dash

Director | Daughters of the Dust

Julie Dash was born on October 22, 1952 in Queens, New York, USA. She is a director and producer, known for Daughters of the Dust (1991), The Rosa Parks Story (2002) and Funny Valentines (1999).

9. Kasi Lemmons

Actress | The Silence of the Lambs

Kasi Lemmons was born on February 24, 1961 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Karen Lemmons. She is an actress, known for The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Candyman (1992) and Eve's Bayou (1997). She has been married to Vondie Curtis-Hall since 1995. They have two children.

10. Amma Asante

Director | Belle

Amma Asante is a British BAFTA award winning screenwriter and director, known for Belle (2013), and A Way of Life (2004). She is a former child actress, who began her writing career at the age of 23 with a script deals from both Channel 4 in the UK and BBC. Her first movie, A Way of Life, which she...

11. Ava DuVernay

Producer | Queen Sugar

A director, producer, writer, marketer and film distributor, Ava DuVernay made her feature film debut with the documentary This in the Life (2008), a history on hip hop movement that flourished in Los Angeles in the 1990's. This was followed by series of television music documentaries which ...

12. Nicole Jefferson Asher

Writer | Story of the Eye

Nicole Jefferson Asher began her artistic journey studying at the world famous Dance Theater of Harlem in her teens. Later, she majored in Theater as an undergrad at U.C. Berkeley, and then went on to receive an M.F.A in Film Production from UCLA. Since then, Ms. Asher has earned numerous credits ...

13. Radha Blank

Producer | The 40-Year-Old Version

Radha Blank is a proud Native New Yorker, Performer and Writer for TV, stage and film. Her plays include HappyFlowerNail, Casket Sharp, nannyland and the critically acclaimed SEED which The Huffington Post called "fresh, lively...and poetic". She's a Helen Merrill Playwriting Award recipient, an ...

14. Tina Mabry

Director | Mississippi Damned

A native of Tupelo, Mississippi, Tina Mabry graduated from the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts with an MFA in Film Production in 2005. A true hyphenate, Tina is a writer, director, and producer for television and film. She is a writer and producer for Fox's upcoming ...

15. Tanya Barfield

Writer | The Americans

Her play, Blue Door, appeared at Playwrights Horizons with Reg E. Cathy and Andre Holland in the cast. It was previously seen at South Coast Rep with Reg E. Cathay and Larry Gilliard, Jr. Her play, The Call, appeared at Playwrights Horizons and Primary Stages with Kelly Butler, Kelly AuCoin, Eisa ...

17. Pam Veasey

Producer | CSI: NY

Pam Veasey was born on May 25, 1962 in Pullman, Washington, USA as Pamela Renea Veasey. She is a producer and writer, known for CSI: NY (2004), Ringer (2011) and In Living Color (1990). She was previously married to Marvin Williams.

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