Ava DuVernay

Written Off: Why Aren’t Black Female Screenwriters Getting Their Due?

The exclusion of films written and directed by women, and particularly women of color, has long been an infuriating norm within the Academy. 

No Need for Superheroes: "A Wrinkle In Time" Shows Black Girls How To Save Themselves

Black children don’t have to be endowed with mutant powers to be inherently good. Read more »

BitchTapes: Honoring “A Wrinkle In Time”

This BitchTape is full of songs about how we can all be the greatest version of ourselves. Read more »

Slavery Never Ended: Prison as Punishment in “13th”

13th looks at the legacy of slavery in the United States and how it led to the imprisonment of 2.3 million people. Read more »

Holy Tesseracts! Ava DuVernay Will Direct "A Wrinkle in Time" Film

Disney is producing the film based on the beloved science-fantasy series, which centers on protagonist Meg Murry.  Read more »

Praise for "Losing Ground" and Black Female Film Pioneers Is Long Overdue

Early Black female filmmakers made movies that resisted the very foundations of American cinema.  Read more »

Ava DuVernay at SXSW: "King Was a Badass Who’s Been Homogenized."

“Serving the story” can be an empty Hollywood cliché, but Selma director Ava DuVernay brought the concept alive with passion and insight in her SXSW Film keynote speech. Read more »

Serena and Venus Williams' Powerful Protest Against Racist Tennis Culture

The past year saw numerous displays of political protest at in professional athletics.  Read more »

It's No Surprise That the Oscars Snubbed "Selma"

Oh hello, best director nominees.  The snubbing of director Ava DuVernay’s historical dramaSelma, at the Golden Globes and at the Oscars is troubling—especially to... Read more »

Listen to the Song That Ties Together "Selma"

I just watched Selma last night and loved it. The film opens nationwide this weekend and one of the best moments is at the very end, when the song Glory kicks in right as the credits start rolling.  Read more »

Ava Duvernay on "Selma" and Telling the Stories of Black Women

In all of her films, director Ava Duvernay creates nuanced portraits of reality—portraits where strength blends with loss and composure blends with instability. Read more »

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