“12 Years A Slave”

From director Steve McQueen, “12 Years A Slave”  is one of last year’s award season’s biggest films about the real-life story of Solomon Northup, a free black man living in the Civil War era that is kidnapped and sold into slavery, despite being born into freedom and living in New York. During his twelve years in captivity, Solomon experienced cruelty from his slave owner and witnessed unbearable actions towards the other slaves living on the plantation. In spite of Solomon’s hardships, he managed to stay alive and retain his dignity and finally met an abolitionist that would forever change his life.


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For 2024’s iteration of MadameNoire and HelloBeautiful’s annual series Women to Know, we knew we wanted to celebrate the people who help make the joys of film and television possible. To create art is to create magic. This year, we spotlight Hollywood Executive’s changing the face of cinema.