And the Oscar Goes To: Jane Solomon ’83

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Queen of Basketball poster featuring Lusia “Lucy” Harris making a layup

The Queen of Basketball, for which Jane Solomon ’83 was an executive producer, has received an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject. The New York Times film is about Lusia “Lucy” Harris, a pioneering African American athlete who became a basketball phenomenon in the 1970s. She was the only woman officially drafted by the NBA and the first Black woman inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

This is the second New York Times documentary for which Solomon has been an executive producer. She also was involved in the 2021 Oscar-nominated A Concerto Is a Conversation. An art history major, Solomon says she has been inspired in recent years to “support films that really impact people.” Read more about her in Colgate Magazine.