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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...

WATCH LIVE: 2015 New York Ideas

Aspen Institute | Posted 05.20.2015 | New York
Aspen Institute

This year, we will be devoted to highlighting the biggest people, ideas and trends that will change the future. Exploring the possibilities that charm and challenge human intelligence and ingenuity, this year's festival will investigate how today's questions become tomorrow's answers.

Marvel Reportedly Wants Ava DuVernay To Direct Superhero Movie

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 05.12.2015 | Entertainment

Director Ava DuVernay may be headed to Marvel. The studio is considering DuVernay, nominated for a Best Director Golden Globe for "Selma," for an u...

Hollywood Doesn't Let Female Directors Make Mistakes

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 05.05.2015 | Women

The conversation about gender inequality within the film industry is more visible than ever, but meaningful shifts remain elusive. Writer Jessica Ogil...

Matthew Jacobs

Ava DuVernay's Success Means She's No Longer A 'Hot Mess' Around Oprah

HuffingtonPost.com | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 04.28.2015 | Entertainment

Ava DuVernay isn't technically a newcomer to Hollywood, but her stature has grown so meteorically in recent months that one might assume s...

Barbie Made An Ava DuVernay Doll. It's Not For Sale, But It Should Be.

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 04.24.2015 | Black Voices

Barbie just got a whole lot more badass. Mattel announced Friday that the company is honoring six female "Sheroes" with one-of-a-kind dolls create...

10 Beautifully Distracting Programs to Look for At the Manifest: Justice Pop-Up Art Space

Wyatt Closs | Posted 06.22.2015 | Arts
Wyatt Closs

Sponsored by Arts for Amnesty and California Endowment, there are over 30 events over the 10 days -- discussions, music, stage, film, workshops. It was an ambitious undertaking that I hope folks will get to check out accidentally or purposely.

Essence Recognizes Five Trailblazers In One Badass Cover

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 04.14.2015 | Black Voices

Yes! Essence magazine is marking a big milestone in May -- and to honor the event, they’ve dedicated the cover of their upcoming issue to five we...

Kendrick Lamar, Lee Daniels, and Dismissing the Double Standards on Black Artistry

Ernest Owens | Posted 05.26.2015 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Current standards set by the masses suggests that black men and women cannot artistically express anger, be imperfect, invoke rebellion, find humor in their woes, be unapologetically sexual, explore taboos, and re-appropriate the tumultuous barriers placed on us.

WATCH: Ava DuVernay Weighs In On The Justice Department's Ferguson Report

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 03.23.2015 | Black Voices

In recent months Ava DuVernay has been quite outspoken on the parallels between the 1965 Selma voting rights marches and today’s social issues. ...

Racial Healing, Scandal and Popular Culture

Dr. Gail Christopher | Posted 05.15.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Gail Christopher

In the past two years, some of our nation's most influential movies and television shows have dealt with racism and bias. This has all been accompanied by a drumbeat crescendo of news and analysis that goes beyond specific incidents to examine the roots of these issues and the trends that reinforce them.

Who Tells the History

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

We must be bold enough to tell our own histories, even as we strive to listen more faithfully. The president reminds us, "America is not some fragile thing."

President Obama Meets With African American Civil Rights, Political and Religious Leaders

John W. Boyd Jr. | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
John W. Boyd Jr.

The White House group's agenda was deep--with racial concerns about criminal justice, agriculture, education, health care and economic development when African American leaders met with President Barack Obama last week.

A Thank You Letter to Ava DuVernay

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 04.25.2015 | Entertainment
Ola Ojewumi

She is unapologetic in her work, which shows that one's brilliance cannot be measured in Oscars and accolades, but in the impact you have on society.

Oscar's Snub of Ava DuVernay: A Pattern of Overlooking Black Women Filmmakers

Hettie Williams | Posted 04.20.2015 | Black Voices
Hettie Williams

Oscar's snub of DuVernay is part of a historical continuum where black directors and women of critically acclaimed films have been routinely denied Best Director nominations.

Negotiating Past and Present With the Film Selma

Sheril Antonio | Posted 04.19.2015 | Black Voices
Sheril Antonio

In this "based on a true story" film, while we are not given a great deal of new information, we are given an important new perspective on the moments leading up to the fifty mile march from Selma to Montgomery. This is precisely why the arts remain so vital, because of the way artists sort things out for us, each in their own unique way.

Hollywood In Black and White

Joe Morton | Posted 04.19.2015 | Entertainment
Joe Morton

This year, many people are upset that Ava DuVernay, director of Selma, was snubbed, calling it racism... but the film itself was nominated. Is it racist to nominate the film but not the director? The bigger question is, does racism play a part in determining who gets nominated and who doesn't?

Ava DuVernay Is Still 'Hurt' By Star David Oyelowo's Oscar Snub

AP | Posted 02.11.2015 | Entertainment

BERLIN (AP) — "Selma" director Ava DuVernay says she's disappointed that star David Oyelowo's performance as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., wasn't rec...

Oprah And Ava DuVernay Are Teaming Up For TV Series

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 02.02.2015 | Entertainment

"Selma" director Ava DuVernay is headed to the small screen for a new drama series on OWN with Oprah Winfrey. The series will be based on Natalie Basz...