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Nzingha Stewart is a director on How to Get Away with Murder.

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Life and CareerEdit

Stewart attended New York University's Gallatin School.[1] She graduated with a degree in philosophy. Stewart began her career making music videos, working with Macy Gray, Common, Eve, Keisha Cole, Joss Stone, Jay-Z, Missy Elliot, Bilal, and 50 Cent. Clutch says of Stewart's music video work: "With incredible artistic direction and originality, Nzingha provides imagery, mood, and storyline effortlessly."[2] Deadline calls Stewart a "sought-after episodic TV director"[3] and The Hollywood Reporter says "Stewart has emerged as one of TV's hottest directors." She has directed episodes of Pretty Little Liars, Grey's Anatomy, How To Get Away With Murder, and UnReal.[4] Stewart has made one movie for Lifetime and has a second in production. With This Ring aired in 2015, "explor[ing] relationships between four African-American women who vow to get married within a year of attending a friend’s wedding,"[5] starring Regina Hall, Jill Scott, and Eve. Stewart earned two nominations at the 47th NAACP Image Awards for With This Ring, Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television) and Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Television). The movie was also a commercial success, becoming one of the five most-viewed movies on Lifetime that year and a cable television ratings success among women; IndieWire said, "Lifetime has struck ratings gold by betting on" female directors including Stewart.[6]

Stewart's next Lifetime movie The 10th Date is "a comedy that follows four friends who embark on an often hilarious journey to successfully get to that elusive 10th date--a holy grail in the dating world when they think a man finally feels committed."[7] It began filming in Los Angeles in 2016, to air in 2017. Meagan Good, Kelly Rowland, Keri Hilson, Kellee Stewart, Cat Deeley, and Brandon T. Jackson will appear in the movie; Stewart writes and directs. For BET, Stewart made Our Icon, a documentary about Michael Jackson. In May 2016, Hulu announced it is developing a comedy series Bitches to be written by Stewart and G.L. Lambert and produced by Ben Stiller. Adapted from the 2013 Brazilian series As Canalhas, Bitches follows a "different woman each week confiding her dirty deeds and misadventures to her hair stylist." Stewart served as an executive producer of For Colored Girls. Stewart lives in Los Angeles.[8]

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