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Captain Marvel's Nia DaCosta and 9 Other Black Female Directors You Should Know

In a boundary-breaking move, Nia DaCosta will direct "Captain Marvel 2."

Nia DaCosta

Nia DaCosta is now officially the first Black woman to direct a Marvel Film.

Captain Marvel 2 will star Brie Larsen and will be directed by DeCosta, who also directed the upcoming horror film Candyman.

Born in Brooklyn, DaCosta was inspired to make films after watching Apocalypse Now. In 2015, her breakout feature, Little Woods, was chosen for production by Sundance's Screenwriters and Directors Lab. At the time Little Woods was released in 2018, DaCosta said, "I'm most concerned with my films being active and having women in my films who are active." Now she'll be helming an epic, highly-anticipated superhero film.

Black female directors continue to break boundaries in the industry, though this development has been a long time coming and many are under-recognized. But if you're looking to break out of your Scorsese-Spielberg-white-male canon rut, or just looking to experience some incredible films from incredible talent, here are nine additional Black femme movie directors you should know.

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Zelda Williams

This weekend, Eric Trump gleefully shared a video of the late Robin Williams making fun of presidential candidate Joe Biden that bore the caption, "Robin Williams Savages Joe Biden."

Zelda Williams tweeted in response, "While we're 'reminiscing' (to further your political agenda), you should look up what he said about your Dad. I did. Promise you, it's much more 'savage.' Gentle reminder that the dead can't vote, but the living can."

Robin Williams, who would have turned 69 last month, had certainly poked fun at Joe Biden. In the clip shared by the younger Trump, Williams quips, "We still have great comedy out there, there's always rambling Joe Biden, what the f***... Joe says s*** that even people with Tourette's go, 'No. What is going on?'" He continued, "Joe is like your uncle who is on a new drug and hasn't got the dosage right...I'm proud to work with Barack America — 'He's not a superhero, you idiot — come here!'"

His comments about the current president were far more incisive and far-reaching. For example, in 2012, he referred to Trump as "a scary man" and "the Wizard of Oz" because "he plays monopoly with real f***ing buildings."

Of course, these jokes are based in very real calamities. Many of Trump's real estate projects and business ventures have notoriously fallen through or crash-landed completely, landing him in massive debt. Yet time and time again he was bailed out by his father, Fred Trump, who paid millions to keep his son's delusions of glory alive. He was also bailed out by a variety of banks (and still owes Deutsche Bank an outstanding $350 million). In some ways, it's no surprise that Trump will leave America sick, in debt, and in crisis.

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The Best Cow Print Clothes and Accessories to Channel Your Inner Beyoncé

Black Is King made us realize we need a cow print dress, stat.

If there's anything more visually stunning than Beyoncé herself in her new visual Black Is King, then it's the fashion donned by Queen Bey and her plethora of co-stars.

Set to the music from Beyoncé's 2019 album The Lion King: The Gift, Black Is King is an artistic spectacle. From elaborate sets to costumes that belong in a museum, the film is chock-full of memorable moments—namely that fantastic cow print outfit.

Animal print has been having a moment for quite a while. Last summer saw the reign of the leopard midi skirt, while winter welcomed an abundance of zebra print. Those prints surely aren't going anywhere anytime soon, but lately, they've faced competition with the latest arrival from the animal kingdom: cows.

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