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Ava Duvernay

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 02.18.2015 | 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 02.19.2015 | 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 02.19.2015 | 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 01.30.2015 | 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 01.29.2015 | 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 01.23.2015 | 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 01.25.2015 | 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 01.27.2015 | 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 01.20.2015 | 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.

Selma

Marcia Liss | Posted 01.20.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Making Sense of Selma

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Julie Leininger Pycior

Alas the film's LBJ piece is inaccurate in a fundamental way, leaving the impression that Johnson supposedly was not a fan of voting rights legislation -- had to be convinced -- when that is not true.

The New Yorker Unveils Striking MLK Cover

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 01.23.2015 | Media

Channeling the iconic image of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. linking arms with fellow civil rights activists during the march from Selma, Alabama to the...

MTV's Bold MLK Day Move Will Be One You Won't Want To Miss

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 01.19.2015 | Black Voices

On Monday, MTV will air twelve hours of programming in black and white -- and no, this is no accidental glitch. The television network will kick o...

Selma's Missing Rabbi

Peter Dreier | Posted 01.19.2015 | Entertainment
Peter Dreier

King was looking forward to attending a Passover Seder at Heschel's home that year, but he was assassinated a few weeks before the Jewish holiday. Heschel was the only Jew to deliver a eulogy at King's funeral service.

Support Black Women in Film by Putting Sisterhood on the Agenda

Angela D. Coleman | Posted 01.16.2015 | Black Voices
Angela D. Coleman

Oh, what a surprise, the Oscar nominees are White men! As they try to use awesome talent like Lupita Nyong'o as a poster child for their agenda, we should remember that the Academy Awards have never been kind to Black women.