Honoring Female Heroes

Strong lead female characters are becoming more prominent in entertainment and have stories still to be told – it’s just a matter of getting out there and telling them! This was a theme that I took away from the Emerging Female Hero Conference that Women In Film & Television, led by president Anita Long, hosted at the Hilton Houston Southwest.

Day one of the two-day event featured panelists ReShonda Tate Billingsley (best-selling author,  Let the Church Say Amen), Lily Koppel (author, The Astronaut Wives Club) and actress & acting coach Eleese Lester. The panel, moderated by Patricia Gras, discussed topics about writing, publishing, acting and how to find good stories – among other things!

Selfie with author of the "Astronaut Wives Club," Lily Koppel.
Selfie with author of “The Astronaut Wives Club,” Lily Koppel.

WIFT-Houston also honored a local hero, Melanie Lawson, for her dedication to the Houston community. She received WIFT’s Jade Award, presented to her by another journalist and Houston’s first Latina TV reporter, Elma Barrera. The organization gave Barrera the award last year.

Lawson had plenty of support in the crowd as she accepted her award, notably her parents Pastor Bill Lawson and Audrey Lawson, her longtime partner, John Guess, Jr.FOX 26’s Isiah Carey, KPRC’s Mary Benton, and an entire table of ABC 13 supporters including weekend morning anchor, Samica Knight.

Check out my story above (if you haven’t already!) to hear what Lawson has to say about her award and why women should support each other.