> Occupation: Executive/philanthropist
Mo Abudu is a powerful media figure from Nigeria. She began her career with Inspire Africa, an edutainment company. Today, she is the chairman and CEO of EbonyLife TV, which she launched in 2006, and which broadcasts in Africa, the Caribbean, and the U.K. The network is intended to connect the nations of the African continent with a shared identity. EbonyLife TV has since branched out into filmmaking and has forged deals with Sony Pictures Television and Netflix.
> Occupation: Executive
Kristine Belson is president of features and series for Sony Pictures Animation, leading the studio’s strategy and overseeing production of theatrical and short-form animated content. Before working at Sony, she was the driving force behind DreamWorks Animation, where she produced such hits as “How to Train Your Dragon.” In 2015, she moved to Sony, where she has overseen the development of movies such as “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” which won the Oscar for best animated feature film in 2019.
> Occupation: Comedian/producer
Toronto-born Samantha Bee became the first female to host a late-night satire show in 2016 with her TBS series “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee.” Her tart reports as a correspondent on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” beginning in 2003 first brought her to the public’s attention.
> Occupation: Singer
Beyoncé Knowles, who first rose to fame as part of the group Destiny’s Child, is the most-nominated female artist in the history of the Grammy Awards, with 79 nominations out of which she has taken home 28 awards. Her first No. 1 song on Billboard Hot 100 was “Crazy in Love” in 2003. She’s had 19 top 10 hits on the Hot 100 in all, including seven chart-toppers. Her net worth is estimated at $500 million. In April 2019, Beyoncé released “Homecoming,” a live album and a Netflix special about her 2018 performance at the Coachella festival.
> Occupation: Director
In 2010, Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win a Best Director Oscar, for her white-knuckle war drama “The Hurt Locker” – which also took home six other golden statuettes, including one for Best Picture. She went on to score a Best Picture nomination for her next film, 2012’s pulse-racing “Zero Dark Thirty” in 2012. Among her other big-screen credits are “The Loveless” “Near Dark,” and “Point Break.”
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