Friday, February 22, 2013

Black Women in History: History making Oscar nominees for Best Costume Design

I am so excited about the Oscars on Sunday and will definitely be posted with my favorite snacks in hand; may just have to make some snicker-doodles. African-American women are not only making strides in front of the camera; they are changing the dynamics behind the scenes. Over the next few days, I would like to celebrate these ladies that are in the shadows. The two women that I will mention today are history makers in the Category of Costume Design.

Ruth E. Carter
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Ruth E. Carter was the first African American nominated in the category of Best Costume Design in 1992 for designs for Malcolm X. She was also nominated in 1997 for her designs for Amistad. One of her most recent contributions to the world of costume design was her work for the 2012 Sparkle remake. Some of her credits include costume design for Bamboozled, Crooklyn, The Fiveheatbeats, and School Daze.

Sharen Davis
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Sharen Davis is truly making a name for herself in Hollywood.  She was nominated in the category of Costume Design for Ray in 2004,  Dreamgirls in  2006, and was recently nominated for Costume Design for the controversial Tarantino film DJango. Her other credits include costume design for critically acclaimed The Help, The Pursuit of Happyness, Antown Fisher, and The Great Debaters.

These ladies continue to contribute to some of the best films in Hollywood. Fingers crossed Sharen Davis will make history and be the First African American to win in the category of Costume Design.

Peace, Love, and History making,

Najeema Iman  

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