Just a few short years ago, the entertainment industry was stifling creatives of color. Now, Black women in powerful positions—from directors’ chairs to C-suites—are presenting fresh narratives and taking their rightful place in the field. As Hollywood catches up to our expertise, we’re showing the world who we really are.
Meet the producers who are setting the standard today.
Nkechi Okoro Carroll
All American: Homecoming
Known for: Receiving an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series for the All American episode “Hussle & Motivate.”
Run the World
Known for: Creating the Starz series and writing the Netflix film The Perfect Find.
President, CBS/NAACP production partnership
Known For: Overseeing development of diverse stories.
A Love Song for Latasha
Known for: Creating firm Derivative Works Inc. to tell stories centering Black life.
Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul
Known For: Creating one of Sundance’s must-see films with twin sister Adamma.
Known for: Serving as Festival Director for Urbanworld Film Festival.
Regina Y. Hicks
Known for: Creating a comedy series for Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground production company.
Known For: Telling her story in a two-part A&E documentary.
Known for: Executive producing and starring in the reboot of the 1980s crime drama.
Talleah Bridges McMahon
My Name is Pauli Murray, Through Our Eyes
Known for: Award-winning documentaries on major TV networks.
Harlem, First Wives Club
Known for: Being the first Black woman screenwriter whose film grossed more than $100 million.
Known for: Being an Emmy-nominated talk-show host.
Insecure, Rap Sh*t
Known for: Signing a five-year deal with WarnerMedia following the success of her Emmy-winning HBO series Insecure.
Insecure, The White Lotus
Known for: Inking a multiyear deal with ABC Signature to develop new TV projects via her Big Hattie Productions.
Twenties, The Chi
Known for: Being the first Black woman to win a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. When she’s not writing or producing TV and films (Queen & Slim), Waithe can be seen in front of the camera acting.
Chief of Staff, Will Packer Media Known For: Co-executive producing the 2022 Academy Awards.
Founder, Simpson Street Known For: Executive Producing the upcoming Hulu legal drama Reasonable Doubt.