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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 | 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 | 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.