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Sophia Chang Launches Mentorship Program for Women of Color

Sophia Chang’s career is nothing, if not colorful. The Korean Canadian storyteller, screenwriter and author has a pilot in the works at FX for her original dramedy, tentatively titled “The Baddest Bitch in the Room,” Variety has learned exclusively. The show is named after her memoir, which hits bookshelves on Tuesday and chronicles her life growing up with immigrant parents, working as manager of the Wu-Tang Clan, marrying a Shaolin monk and becoming “the first Asian woman in hip hop.”

And in the same way Chang has pursued her dreams, she wants to empower other women of color to do so, as well. On Monday, Chang announced the launch of Unlock Her Potential, a mentorship program for women of color who want to break into the entertainment industry and beyond.

The idea for the program came to Chang when she was delivering a lecture at Columbia University. A Black woman stood up, said that she didn’t have a mentor and asked Chang how she might be able to find one. Looking at her own experiences with mentors throughout her career in hip hop managing the Wu-Tang Clan and through writing books and screenplays, Chang wants other women of color to have the same support network.”

Read the full article on Variety here.

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