Tag: ava duvernay

A Survivor’s Story: Refusing to Be Defined by Victimhood, Aurora Perrineau Emerges Strong in When They See Us

Aurora PerrineauPhoto: Astrid Stawiarz (Getty Images for Refinery29) For those who know the name Aurora Perrineau, it’s typically in relation to the charges she filed against Girls writer and executive producer Murray Miller in late 2017, alleging he’d sexually assaulted her when she was 17, a minor. The allegations made national headlines when Lena Dunham […]

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Go for the Glow: Alicia Keys Covers Essence’s June Issue—and More Famous Faces Get Some Shine!

Screenshot: J.D. Barnes (Essence Communications) June is Black Music Month, so it’s fitting that 15-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys is covering Essence’s June issue (with Lizzo starring on the digital version)—though it’s actually themed “The Escape Issue.” In keeping with the theme, Keys, who has famously already broken free of entertainment industry expectations by taking […]

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First Look: The Bordelons Will Be Swept in Secrets of ‘Blessing and Blood’ in New Queen Sugar Season 4 Trailer

Queen Sugar Season 4 Official Trailer / OWN (YouTube) ‘B’ doesn’t just stand for Bordelon anymore, it also stands for blessing … and blood. Coming from an early awards season success having been named Best Television Show Drama from the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) and as well as scooping a nomination for Best […]

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When They See Us: You Will Not Only See the Central Park Five; You’ll Hear, Feel, and Want to Fight for Them

When They See UsPhoto: Courtesy of Netflix Central Park Five. It’s a name that has been bestowed upon Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, Jr., and Korey Wise. Five men—then teenagers—who tragically embodied the turn of phrase, “wrong place at the wrong time,” were essentially immortalized into infamy as soon as they were dubbed […]

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Ava DuVernay Ain’t Feelin’ How Game of Thrones Treated a ‘Sista’

(L-R): Ava DuVernay attends the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. ; Nathalie Emmanuel in Game of Thrones, Season 8, Episode 4 Photo: Dia Dipasupil (Getty Images), Helen Sloan (HBO) On the night of May 5, the baddest bitch of Westeros was unfortunately beheaded. On the Game of […]

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Jessica Chastain And Ava DuVernay Critiqued ‘Game Of Thrones’ For Its Treatment Of Women

HBO The final six episodes of Game of Thrones have received cheers and jeers, ranging from complaints over Jon Snow’s treatment of an old pal to an episode that for some was literally impossible to see. Then there’s Jessica Chastain and Ava DuVernay, both of who recently attacked the show for its treatment of women, […]

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Exclusive Clip: Politics and Classism Collide as The Red Line’s Emayatzy Corinealdi and Glynn Turman Face Off

The Red Line / CBS (YouTube) This weekend, CBS will be taking its audience on a ride down Chicago’s Red Line in its appropriately titled series, The Red Line. From the series’ press release: The Red Line follows three Chicago families as they journey toward hope and healing after an unarmed African American doctor is […]

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Netflix’s Trailer For ‘When They See Us’ Takes A Searing Look At The Infamous Central Park Five Case

[embedded content] Share This Video Netflix has dropped a searing first look at Ava DuVernay’s take on the Central Park Five case with this trailer for the four-part When They See Us miniseries. From the looks of the intense few minutes above, the project promises to be a compelling treatment of the case — in […]

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First Look: When They See Us Full Trailer Released 30 Years After Attack That Forever Changed the Lives of the Central Park Five

When They See Us Complete Trailer / Netflix (YouTube) The much-anticipated series chronicling the Central Park Five, When They See Us, is nearing its debut, and we now have more footage to whet our appetite.   A teaser trailer for the upcoming limited series was released in March, now it’s time for the full trailer. […]

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Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Continues To Walk The Walk— Will Build a New Theater and Implement Grants for Filmmakers of Color

Ava Duvernay attends the 3rd annual National Day of Racial Healing at Array on January 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Emma McIntyre (Getty Images) If there’s one thing to take from Ava DuVernay’s career journey, it’s that she has proven she is here to create a true legacy. Having already positioned herself as […]

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He Really Is Ready—Tevin Campbell Has Been Cast in Queen Sugar, Just Like Ava DuVernay Promised

Tevin Campbell performs at the Essence Festival in New Orleans, Saturday, July 5, 2014.Photo: Gerald Herbert (AP) Tevin Campbell once asked “Can We Talk?”—and Ava DuVernay has continually proven she is not “all talk” with the way she moves in Hollywood. A perfect professional match, right? You may remember the resurgence of Campbell’s brand in […]

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Ava DuVernay Is Bringing a New Romance Anthology Series, Cherish the Day, to OWN

Ava DuVernay attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.Photo: Dia Dipasupil (Getty Images) Ava DuVernay is owning her place at OWN! The acclaimed director has an established relationship with Oprah Winfrey’s network, with Queen Sugar returning for its 4th season in June. Now, […]

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Queen Sugar’s 4th Season Has a Premiere Date—and the All-Female Director Lineup Is as Sweet as Ever

Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner), Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) and Nova (Rutina Wesley), Queen Sugar, Season 3Photo: Skip Bolen © 2018 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc (Courtesy of OWN) The Bordelons are coming back for their fourth (and hopefully fruitful) season on the farm, as OWN’s hit, Queen Sugar, makes its return. Queen Sugar / OWN (YouTube) The […]

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Internationally Known: On International Women’s Day, Watch Tarana Burke and Ava DuVernay Accept VH1 Trailblazer Honors 

Academy Award-Nominated Director and WOV Honoree, Ava DuVernay, (L) poses with Founder of the #MeToo Movement and Founder and Director of Just Be Inc., Tarana Burke, at the Ms. Foundation 30th Annual Gloria Awards at Capitale on May 3, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for The Foundation for Women They’re […]

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When They See Us Teaser Trailer: The Central Park Five Are Authentically Seen 

The “Central Park Five” may have been immortalized with the name, but it’s always important to remember that each member of that historic group is a person. Humanizing them is important. Exclusive: Yusef Salaam of the Central Park Five Says City’s Recent Document Dump Is One-Sided,… Seemingly out of nowhere last Friday, the city of […]

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Ava DuVernay’s Central Park Five Series ‘When They See Us’ Is Going to Be a Gut-Punch for Trump

On Friday morning, Ava DuVernay tweeted the trailer for her highly anticipated limited series on the Central Park Five, When They See Us, and looks like it’s going to make a hell of a splash. The five-part series tells the story of the five black and Latinx teens that were wrongfully convicted of raping a […]

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Hollywood Has a Problem With Inclusion and These Celebrities Are Trying to Solve It

It’s no secret that Hollywood has a problem with inclusion. As April Reign pointed out with her viral #OscarsSoWhite years ago, Oscars have been white and, might I add, damningly male. Guess what? The greater Hollywood industry isn’t any less pale (or male, for that matter). USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative did some research and found […]

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Lena Waithe Doesn’t Want Black Hollywood to Be a ‘Moment or Movement’, She Wants It to Be ‘The Norm’

Screenwriter/actress Lena Waithe attends the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch on January 05, 2019 in West Hollywood, California.Photo: Rodin Eckenroth (Getty Images) Lena Waithe summed it up best: “White folks have everything, and we still have a lot of catching up to do.” TIME recently announced Ava DuVernay as the guest editor of […]

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First Look: Ava DuVernay’s The Red Line Tackles Segregated Chicago—and Finds Unexpected Connections

CBS I’m a South Side Chicago born-and-bred native, and the Red Line was my main train line. As a product of both the Woodlawn area (via my grandma) and the Southwest Side’s “Wild Hunnids” (via my mama), I would often find myself traipsing around the 95th and 87th stops of the Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) […]

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Ava DuVernay to Lead ‘National Day of Racial Healing’ Following MLK Day, Speakers Include Stacey Abrams and More

Ava DuVernay speaks onstage during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 10th annual Governors Awards on November 18, 2018 in Hollywood, California. Photo: Kevin Winter (Getty Images) The third annual “National Day of Racial Healing” will be kicking off the day after MLK Day (observed), with Ava DuVernay taking the lead. The award-winning […]

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