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Ava Duvernay

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 03.26.2015 | 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 03.19.2015 | 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 03.12.2015 | 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 03.04.2015 | 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 02.23.2015 | 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...

Ryan Kristobak

John Legend On 'Selma' Snubs: 'It Was Oscar-Worthy Work'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 02.02.2015 | Entertainment

Following his first Golden Globe win, for the track "Glory" from the film "Selma," John Legend, along with his fellow songwriter Common, are favored t...

Historic Black LGBTQ Intergenerational Discussion on Selma

Irene Monroe | Posted 04.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

For the first time ever, an intergenerational and interracial gathering of LGBTQ voices of color and our allies came together, creating the paradigm of how future discussions should take place.

Diversifying Hollywood About More Than the Academy Awards

Brennon Marcano | Posted 03.31.2015 | Entertainment
Brennon Marcano

Though we call it "entertainment" what we see in movies and on TV drives the broader cultural conversation and has an important place in our society. Now, more than ever, it's important that women and people of color are a part of that exchange.

Watch Ava DuVernay's Perfect Response To Her 'Selma' Oscar Snub

The Huffington Post | Jessica Goodman | Posted 01.28.2015 | Entertainment

In an interview with Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman, "Selma" director Ava DuVernay had a beautiful response to those who say she was snubbed by the Acad...

'Selma' Team Reunites For Hurricane Katrina Movie

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 01.26.2015 | Entertainment

"Selma" director Ava DuVernay has found her next feature film: a "sweeping love story and complex murder mystery" set against the devastation of Hurri...

Ava DuVernay's Passion Project

Colorlines | Jamilah King | Posted 01.26.2015 | Black Voices

More than most other black filmmakers in Hollywood today, Ava DuVernay elicits a certain giddiness in black moviegoers. Her path to stardom as the dir...

A Late Review of Selma

Michael Darer | Posted 03.25.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Darer

Selma does not turn away, and it rarely tries to neatly resolve. If the film's conclusion, which winds around President Johnson's announcement of his plans for the 1965 Voting Rights Act to the completion of the third Selma to Montgomery march, feels a little Hollywood in its neatness, that is counterbalanced by the unrelenting unease of the film's journey.

Anthony Mackie On 'Selma' Oscar Snub: People Are Tired Of Being Bombarded With Race

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 01.27.2015 | Black Voices

--Actor Anthony Mackie shares his thoughts on why “Selma” didn’t receive more Oscar nominations and the cause of its lackluster box office a...

'Selma' Director Ava DuVernay Shares Powerful Description Of White House Screening

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 01.20.2015 | Entertainment

Best Picture nominee "Selma" screened at the White House on Friday for Barack and Michelle Obama. In an Instagram photo posted on Tuesday, director Av...

Schools Should Show 'Selma'!

Lonna Saunders | Posted 03.21.2015 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

It's oft been said that those who don't learn from history, are doomed to repeat it. But you need to know what your history is before you can learn from it. Selma DVDs in every classroom is a start.

Represent

Helen Eisenbach | Posted 03.22.2015 | Entertainment
Helen Eisenbach

Thursday morning when I learned the Academy's list of nominees, I spent the rest of the day alternating between despair and rage. In fact, I have loved movies unabashedly since I was 18 months old and my mother took me to see my first feature.

Glenn Beck Explains Why 'Selma' Was Actually Snubbed At The Oscars

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 01.20.2015 | Media

Following the news that "Selma" -- the historical drama charting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s protest marches in 1965 Alabama -- was snubbed for a num...

Don't Blame Oscar, He Just Works Here: Hollywood's All-White Problem

Jon Eig | Posted 03.22.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

Be angry about the awards show if you feel they are unfair. But recognize that they merely serve as a thermometer, and are not the cause of the infection.