Tag Archives: Women’s Studies

Untested Rape Kits Exposed in HBO’s I Am Evidence

“You don’t have to think about doing the right thing. If you’re for the right thing, then you do it without thinking.” —Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969). The late poet, activist Maya Angelou was sexually abused … Continue reading

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Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes Feeling Heart Debuts on PBS

“We had her voice for as long as we really needed it, if we were wise enough to listen.” Actress/activist Ruby Dee makes that startlingly prophetic statement (Dee died in June 2014) about her lifelong friend and colleague at the … Continue reading

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Presenting Princess Shaw Makes Its Broadcast Debut on PBS

“There are so many people with so much talent, original thinking and unique voices. Most of them weren’t born with the ‘right cards in their hand’…What are the chances that we will hear about them?”–filmmaker Ido Haar. Israeli director Ido Haar  … Continue reading

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Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson Debuts on HBO

It wasn’t easy living in America, circa 1924, if you were a woman with exceptional artistic talent, showed signs of emotional fragility and unorthodox sexual proclivities.  Without a supportive family or like-minded community (the ex-pats in Paris, for example) to protect you and nurture your talent, you were … Continue reading

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Jane Aaron (1948 – 2015) Trailblazing Indie Animator

“Light is thrilling for me.”— Jane Aaron. On June 27, the animation community lost a trailblazer.  Jane Aaron’s untimely death at age 67 is a heartbreaking loss for her family and for those of us who’ve enjoyed her whimsical animated films, her … Continue reading

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Queen Latifah Is Red Hot as Bessie Smith on HBO

“I’m looking forward to people finding out who Bessie Smith is, if they don’t know about her already.”–Queen Latifah. You may come to HBO’s latest bio-pic, Bessie, knowing little or nothing about blues singer Bessie Smith (1894-1937).  But by the end of … Continue reading

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It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise Debuts on HBO

“Skeezix sleeps in a bowl under a lamp in Hilary Knight’s memento-filled Manhattan apartment. Skeezix is a cat that looks like a raccoon.  Eloise would feel at home here.” Almost 20 years have passed since I penned that lead-in to my interview … Continue reading

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