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Ava Duvernay

Black Celebs Call Out Police Brutality In Compelling New Video Series

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 07.27.2016 | Black Voices

In recent months, black Americans have been unjustly subjected to police violence simply because of the color of their skin. This bleak reality has pr...

Black Influencers Express Outrage Over Dropped Freddie Gray Charges

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 07.27.2016 | Black Voices

It was announced Wednesday morning that the charges against the three remaining officers involved in Freddie Gray’s death have been dropped. After t...

Ava DuVernay's Prison Doc To Open New York Film Festival

The Hollywood Reporter | Brennan Williams | Posted 07.21.2016 | Black Voices

Ava DuVernay’s film “The 13th” is set to open the New York Film Festival....

The Trailer For Ava DuVernay's New Show 'Queen Sugar' Is Everything

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 06.23.2016 | Black Voices

The trailer for Ava DuVernay's forthcoming television series "Queen Sugar" just dropped and, unsurprisingly, it looks amazing. DuVernay, best known f...

Can Women Direct Action Films?

Margaret Gardiner | Posted 05.09.2016 | Entertainment
Margaret Gardiner

"No." Says Susanne Bier, the director of the AMC adaptation of John le Carrè's The Night Manager, non-plussed when asked if being a woman makes it more difficult to direct action. Then she can't help but laugh at the absurdity. "

Ava DuVernay Exits DreamWorks' 'Intelligent Life'

The Hollywood Reporter | Brennan Williams | Posted 05.05.2016 | Black Voices

"Selma" helmer Ava DuVernay has exited Intelligent Life, the sci-fi DreamWorks project that has Lupita Nyong'o attached to star....

Ava DuVernay To Direct 'The Battle Of Versailles' Movie For HBO

The Hollywood Reporter | Brennan Williams | Posted 03.22.2016 | Black Voices

Selma helmer Ava DuVernay has signed on to direct and co-write a film for HBO about the 1973 Palace of Versailles fashion show....

A Week of Parties, Primaries, Protests and Purpose

Tracy Hoover | Posted 03.07.2016 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

If you're like me, your dinner table, water cooler and social media conversations this week included Chris Rock quotes, primary predictions and a good...

The Life-Altering Lesson Ava DuVernay Learned By Talking With Oprah

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 02.26.2016 | OWN

Every time Ava DuVernay speaks to Oprah Winfrey, the director says she experiences an aha moment in one form or another from Oprah's various "Oprah-is...

5 Ways To Celebrate Black Cinema On Oscar Night

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 02.26.2016 | Black Voices

The blatant snubs and the overall lack of representation for umpteenth time at the Oscars have moved actors and viewers alike to boycott this year's a...

Ava DuVernay Set To Direct Disney's 'A Wrinkle In Time'

Deadline Hollywood | Brennan Williams | Posted 02.24.2016 | Black Voices

Selma director Ava DuVernay has just been set by Disney to direct "A Wrinkle In Time," an adaptation of the 1963 Newbery Medal-winning Madeleine L’E...

There Will Be A Star-Studded Free Event For Flint On Oscars Night

BuzzFeed | Brennan Williams | Posted 02.23.2016 | Black Voices

On Feb. 28, comedian Hannibal Buress, Creed director and co-writer Ryan Coogler, singer Janelle Monae, Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams, Selma dir...

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 upcoming sh...

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 members of the film...

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 opportunity ...

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 to having a woman...

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 The Hol...

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 problem pla...

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 th...

'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 Film Fes...