Neema Barnette

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Neema Barnette
Born (1949-12-14) December 14, 1949 (age 65)
New York City
Occupation Director, producer
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Reed R. McCants (1 child)

Neema Barnette is an American film director,[1][2] and the first African-American woman sitcom director.[3] Barnette was the first African-American woman to get a three-picture deal with Sony.[citation needed]

In 1990, she founded Harlem Girl Productions Corporation. Since 1997, Barnette has also worked for the Harlem Lite Production. Her work includes a mixture of film and television sitcoms, such as A Different World, The Cosby Show, Gilmore Girls, and 7th Heaven.

Barnette has directed eight television films and two feature films. Her films include Civil Brand and Spirit Lost.[1][2][4] She has won numerous awards, honors, and nominations, among them an Emmy Award for her afterschool special To Be a Man,[5] two NAACP Image Awards, and a Sundance Film Festival Award.[6][unreliable source?]


  1. ^ a b Thomas, Kevin (August 29, 2003). "'Civil Brand'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 15, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Scott, A. O. (October 10, 2003). "FILM REVIEW; Tough Women in the Pen Decide to Get Tougher". New York Times. Retrieved November 15, 2009. 
  3. ^ Randle, Nancy (January 12, 1993). "Tackling issues Steinem's behind-the-scenes efforts give life to 'Better Off Dead'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 15, 2009. Barnette-the first black woman to direct a primetime sitcom 
  4. ^ McClain, Shonda (June 10, 1995). "'Spirit Lost' a low-down psychological thriller". Indianapolis Recorder. Retrieved November 15, 2009. 'Spirit Lost' is the story of a 'brother' who is caught between two women, one of whom happens to be a ghost. Directed by Neema Barnette, [...] 
  5. ^ Chideya, Farai (October 19, 2007). "Honoring Black Female Filmmakers". National Public Radio. Retrieved November 15, 2009. 
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