Cheryl Dunye

Cheryl Dunye (born May 13, 1966) is a film director, producer, screenwriter, editor and actress. Dunye is a lesbian and her work often concerns themes of race, sexuality and gender, particularly issues relating to black lesbians. Dunye was born in Liberia, and grew up in Philadelphia. Dunye has taught at the University of California Los Angeles, UC Riverside, Pitzer College, Clairemont Graduate School, Pomona College, California Institute of the Arts, The New School of Social Research, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently an associate professor at Temple University and a mother of two children. Dunye began her career with six short films which have been collected on DVD as The Early Works of Cheryl Dunye. Dunye's feature debut was The Watermelon Woman (1996), a film which explored the history of black women and lesbians in film. The Watermelon Woman sparked controversy in 1997, through its funding by National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grants. Rep.

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