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Ava DuVernay Says Her New Show Will Have 'An All-Women Directorial Team'

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 02.01.2016 | Black Voices

Ava DuVernay is continuing her mission of making the entertainment world more inclusive by choosing an all-star line up to help direct her upc...

Oprah Has An Ava DuVernay Barbie Doll, Proves She Fangirls Like The Rest Of Us

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 01.27.2016 | Women

Oprah got an Ava DuVernay Barbie doll for Christmas and she is totally psyched about it. In an Instagram post on Tuesday, Queen O showed off her new A...

Ava DuVernay Wants You To Stop Using The Word 'Diversity'

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 01.25.2016 | Black Voices

“We’re hearing a lot about diversity. I hate that word so, so much.”  So said Ava DuVernay to a room of reporters and fellow m...

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: #OscarsNotWhite - Hypothetical Nominations That Should've Happened Since 2000

Jon Chattman | Posted 01.21.2016 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag is on-point. The voters dropped the ball last year when they failed to give a nomination to anyone of color in major categories. Ditto for this year, and years before this and last year.

'Creed' Director Ryan Coogler Tapped To Lead Marvel's 'Black Panther'

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 01.04.2016 | Black Voices

After numerous rumors surrounding the director of Marvel’s forthcoming flick “Black Panther” -- including Ava DuVernay forgoing the...

The Story of Us

Orlando Jones | Posted 12.31.2015 | Black Voices
Orlando Jones

As I reflect on the year behind and the year to come, the greatest lesson I've learned and I want to impart is the need to control our own narrative across all facets of our digitally connected lives both in our fiction and IRL (in real life).

J.J. Abrams Says Ava DuVernay Would Make A Great 'Star Wars'

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 12.10.2015 | Black Voices

J.J. Abrams added three new female characters in "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens", and it seems the director would be open t...

Finally, A Barbie You'll Feel Great About Giving Your Child

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 12.11.2015 | Black Voices

The fans spoke -- and now an Ava DuVernay Barbie doll is on sale, just in time for Christmas. The Oscar-nominated "Selma" director revealed Sunday tha...

Mary J., Kerry And Taraji Get Down In Another Feel Good Commercial

The Huffington Post | Kimberley Richards | Posted 11.20.2015 | Black Voices

There's nothing like dancing and sharing a good laugh with your girlfriends -- and Mary J. Blige, Kerry Washington and Taraji P. Henson take us to tha...

Ava DuVernay On Her Biggest Frustration With Hollywood

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 11.20.2015 | Women

It gets lonely up top -- especially for a groundbreaking Hollywood director, who happens to be a woman.  In an interview for the Nov. issue of T...

Ava DuVernay Says Too Many Films Focus On The 'White, Straight, Male' Perspective

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 11.12.2015 | Entertainment

Award-winning director Ava DuVernay doesn't mind that movies by black filmmakers are labeled "black films." Instead, there's a much larger pro...

Stars Celebrate Women In Entertainment During Women In Hollywood Celebration

AP | Brennan Williams | Posted 10.21.2015 | Black Voices

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Mary J. Blige asked Ava DuVernay to be her friend. Lena Dunham compared Amy Schumer to Oprah. Meryl Streep told Carey Mulligan he...

Head Of Hollywood Academy: Diversity Debate At Top Of Agenda

AP | Brennan Williams | Posted 10.15.2015 | Black Voices

LONDON (AP) -- The president of Hollywood's movie academy says criticism of the lack of diversity among Oscar nominees has helped spark a vital globa...

Ava Duvernay On Why We Can't Write Off Criticism Of That 'Suffragette' Shoot

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 10.07.2015 | Women

Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay has weighed in on Time Out London's controversial "Suffragette" movie photoshoot. The magazine drew criticism t...

'Selma' Director Ava DuVernay To Head Mumbai Jury

Variety | Brennan Williams | Posted 10.05.2015 | Black Voices

Ava DuVernay, director of the Oscar and Golden Globe winning “Selma,” will head the International Competition jury at the Jio MAMI Mumbai...

Paley Center To Honor African-Americans On TV With Ava DuVernay, Quincy Jones, More

Variety | Brennan Williams | Posted 10.01.2015 | Black Voices

The Paley Center for Media has announced details for its Hollywood Tribute to African-American Achievements in Television, which will pay homage to n...

The Emmys Were Really A Celebration Of Black Sisterhood

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 09.22.2015 | Black Voices

Last night's Emmy Awards show was full of amazing moments, but the moment was when Viola Davis took the stage to accept her Outstanding Lead Act...

Ava DuVernay Works To Validate More Minority Voices Through Film

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 09.11.2015 | Black Voices

After five years of providing a platform for independent African-American filmmakers through her grassroots film distribution association, Afric...

12 Things You Should Know About BlackStar Film Festival

Zakee Kuduro | Posted 07.28.2015 | Black Voices
Zakee Kuduro

There's an independent film festival in West Philadelphia that has been fertile ground for some of the best contemporary black filmmakers, producers and actors: The 4th Annual BlackStar Film Festival, which will take place July 30 through August 2.

Ava DuVernay On Women And Minorities Breaking Into Hollywood: 'Follow The White Guys'

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 07.21.2015 | Black Voices

  As the film industry continues to grapple with a glaring gender disparity when it comes to women in production, director Ava DuV...

Lilly Workneh

Ava DuVernay Will Not Be Directing 'Black Panther' Film

HuffingtonPost.com | Lilly Workneh | Posted 08.02.2015 | Black Voices

NEW ORLEANS -- Ava DuVernay will not be directing Marvel’s “Black Panther” movie, she confirmed to The Huffington Post on Friday. “It wasn'...

Ava DuVernay: Activist Bree Newsome Is A 'Black Superhero'

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 07.06.2015 | Black Voices

Ava DuVernay knows a black superhero when she sees one. On Saturday, the “Selma” director wrote a tweet to express her support for 30-year-ol...

Ava DuVernay On Why She Owns Being A 'Black Woman Filmmaker'

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 06.16.2015 | Black Voices

In the latest installment of AOL’s MAKERS series, Ava DuVernay, the director of “Selma," shared her thoughts on the disparity of women in film, an...

Ava Duvernay Blasts Man For Touching Her Hair -- As She Should

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 06.15.2015 | Black Voices

Here we go again. Just last week an "old man" took it upon himself to touch "Mad Men" actress Teyonah Parris' hair without permission and now film...

42 Black Filmmakers Take Over Twitter To Raise Awareness Around Diversity In Cinema

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 06.02.2015 | Black Voices

For the second consecutive year, Ava DuVernay teamed up with more than 40 fellow independent filmmakers to interact with fans and friends via their Tw...