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Bronzevilles Own Shahari Moore Named Professor For Bill Cosby Writing Fellowship.

citizen | 5/10/2011, 8:25 a.m.
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Shahari G. Moore

by SheRico Jones

Shahari G. Moore, MFA, has been named visiting professor at the University of Southern California this semester where she is teaching African-American History and Culture for the Guy A. Hanks & Marvin Miller Screenwriting Fellowship, also known as the Cosby Writing Fellowship, according to a press release.

The Guy Hanks and Marvin Miller Writing program was established by Drs. Bill and Camille Cosby in 1993, at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. It was named in honor of Camille's father, Guy Alexander Hanks and Bill's producer, Marvin Miller. It is a fifteen week workshop that assists writers in completing a motion picture or a television show script. It also includes courses in African American history and culture. Up to 15 participants are selected for each session.

Moore is from Chicagos Bronzeville neighborhood where she started the initial campaign that led to the city of Chicago granting landmark status to the homes of former Bronzeville residents: Gwendolyn Brooks, Illinois Poet Laureate, famed playwright Lorraine Hansberry and author Richard Wright, who lived on the same block as Moore. She was granted the Echoes of Excellence award last year. Moore teaches African-American studies at Olive Harvey College on Chicagos South East side and is also a published author, screenwriter and film maker.

The Bill Cosby Fellowship program is open to participants who are not already enrolled in communications courses at a college or university. Applicants cannot have previously worked in professional television or film and must be at least 18 years of age. According to the official website, this program is not designed for novice writers. They are looking for intermediate and advanced level writers who have taken formal classes on writing television and or feature scripts.

As writers of color, our responsibility is to educate while entertaining our audiences of the many facets of our culture, our history and our personalities. Cosby Fellowship Executive Director Doreene Hamilton-Hudson stated in a press release. Prof. Moores extensive background in history and culture helps give our writers a rich foundation of who we are and how our images have been depicted over the years and what their responsibilities are as writers of color to change or enhance how we are portrayed on the screen.

For more information or to apply for the Cosby Writing Fellowship, visit the website at www.cosbyprogram.com