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Rachel Morrison, seen here on set for Mudbound, had her big breakthrough with Fruitvale Station in 2013. Steve Dietl/Netflix hide caption

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'I Can't Believe I Am The First,' Says Oscar-Nominated Female Cinematographer

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Trans Woman Reflects On Love, Loss And The Fight For Equality

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Comedy Is Drenched With Foreboding On Season 2 Of 'Atlanta'

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In Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? director Travis Wilkerson dissects an act of racial violence in his family's past — and the systemic racism that endures today. Grasshopper Films hide caption

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Long-Term Effects Of Psychotropic Drugs Are 'Cloaked In Mystery'

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Erich Berger and Mari Keto have made radioactive jewels, part of their Inheritance Project, that are unwearable by humans — and remain locked in a concrete vault equipped with radiation measurement devices. Courtesy of Erich Berger hide caption

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Amalia Scatena is the executive chef at Cannon Green, a Charleston, S.C., establishment where 80 percent of the staffers are women. Scatena says her management style is simple: "Build people up, don't tear them down." Nickie Stone hide caption

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In the 1910s and '20s, actress Mary Pickford was known as "Blondielocks" for her golden, sausage-like curls. General Photographic Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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How Movie Darling Mary Pickford Became The Most Powerful Woman In Hollywood

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Florence Kasumba (left), Angela Bassett and Leititia Wright appear in a scene from Marvel's Black Panther. Sociologist Darnell Hunt says the film's success "demonstrates what's possible beyond standard Hollywood practices." Marvel Studios hide caption

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Hollywood Diversity Study Finds 'Mixed Bag' When It Comes To Representation

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Matt Young enlisted in the Marines when he was 18 and served three tours in Iraq. Tara Monterosso/Bloomsbury hide caption

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'Eat The Apple' Is A Brilliant And Barbed Memoir Of The Iraq War

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"The job of a cartoonist is not just to capture a likeness," Tim Kreider says. "A caricature brings out aspects of someone's character that they're trying to conceal." Tim Kreider/Simon and Schuster hide caption

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Essayist Breaks Free From Conventional Relationships In 'Because I Love You'

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