Ava DuVernay

As the first Black woman to win the Best Director award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Ava DuVernay has a lot to be proud of.  Besides her roles as director, producer and writer for her own documentaries and films, the California native has her hands in a number of significant projects, including lending her services to BET's 2010 TV documentary My Mic Sounds Nice and TV One's 2010 Essence Music Festival. The writer/director is also the founder of the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM) and award-winning DVA Media + Marketing, a content company which has supplied some of Hollywood's top conglomerates and entertainment networks.

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More Students Can See Selma For Free

Cities added, additional tickets made available for middle schoolers.

Music News: The Warm Up: The Music World Remembers A$AP Yams

Plus TLC starts crowdfunding their final album and more. (1/20/2015)

UCLA Finds Lost 1965 Recording of MLK Jr. Speech

It's the second long-lost audio found in as many months.

Commentary: The Oscars Are So White That...

Hollywood seems to reject Black actors when they play strong African-American figures.

Commentary: Why Selma 's Oscars Snub Doesn't Matter

Ava DuVernay's film is the most important of the year, whether the Academy recognizes it or not.
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