b. St. Louis, MO, USA
Millicent Shelton is an award-winning director and writer who got her start in the industry as a wardrobe production assistant on Spike Lee’s 1989 film Do The Right Thing. Shelton directed the 1998 comedy Ride, about an aspiring music video director who has to transport a spoiled music label via bus due to budget constraints. Shelton has also directed for several modern classic TV shows including 30 Rock, Everybody Hates Chris, Men of a Certain Age, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage. Shelton also directed music videos for Aaliyah, CeCe Peniston, Mary J. Blige, and Salt N Pepa (the iconic “Let’s Talk About Sex”). In 2009, Shelton became the first Black woman nominated for a primetime Emmy for directing for her work on 30 Rock. And she won NAACP Image Awards for her work on the underrated dramedy Men of a Certain Age.