A BIG CELEBRATION—Merecedes J. Williams, the New Pittsburgh Courier’s Film/TV show critic, was honored with a proclamation declaring May 14, 2019 “Movie Scene Queen Day” in the City of Pittsburgh. Pictured, left to right: Marjani Howze-Jetter, Marlena Williams, Keith Williams, Bomani Howze, Merecedes J. Williams, Maisha Howze, Sala Udin, Jaqueline Howze, Nia Howze, Zaire Howze-Jetter. (Photos by Courier photographer J.L. Martello)
Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess presented a proclamation declaring Tuesday, May 14, 2019, as “Movie Scene Queen Day” in the City of Pittsburgh.
Movie Scene Queen is an interactive entertainment blog for free movies and music, which recently celebrated six years in business, hosting 215 advanced movie screenings, and distributing more than 50,000 free movie tickets to Pittsburgh residents.
“This day is more than glitz and glamour, but the celebration of women in business and their commitment to making Pittsburgh a better place,” said founder Merecedes J. Williams. “Movie Scene Queen provides a platform in community service, a voice for the unheard, and access to entertainment for all.”
The New Pittsburgh Courier honored Mrs. Williams as a member of the Class of 2013’s Fab 40 under 40.
In April 2018, Williams earned a Pennsylvania Keystone Press Award-second place, for Feature Beat Reporting.
“Don’t stop! There are so many elements against Black women in Pittsburgh that tangible things seem impossible to grasp,” Williams said in a message to other African American women in Pittsburgh. “But, stay positive, stay persistent, and be patient. This whole table talk about getting an invitation, having a seat at the table, and providing valuable information…I say that’s nonsense. Be the table. In other words, provide the opportunity, the discussion and the results.”
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