Screen Shot 2015-06-17 at 11.32.01 AMAva DuVernay isn’t afraid to be labeled a ‘black woman filmmaker’. As a matter of fact, she’s embracing it.

DuVernay is one of the subjects in  AOL’s MAKERS series, and she recently discussed how she wants to defined.

“I know and I’ve heard of people saying, ‘I don’t want to be defined as a woman filmmaker’ or ‘I don’t want to be defined as a black filmmaker,’ all good with me, but I want to be defined as a ‘black woman filmmaker,’ because that’s the lens through which I’m working,” DuVernay said.

“That is my gaze. I’m proud of it. I don’t feel like it’s any less or limiting. I’m a black woman filmmaker and my films are just as valid as the white man filmmaker and whoever else,” she added.

As DuVernay continues to be a trailblazer in film, it’s awesome to see her embracing what so many other black filmmakers try to shun.

“Say what you are. Be proud of what you are. Doesn’t mean you’re not also a filmmaker. You got something special that’s awesome,” DuVernay stated.

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  • It is great for Sister Ava Duvernay to diligently classify herself as a black woman filmmaker. She is absolutely correct to say to people that there is nothing wrong with folks owning up to who they are. She has a bright future. Great people have her back and her talent is not just about filmmaking. Her gifts will inspire future generations of black people who will express themselves in filmmaking, technology, architecture, music, dance, art, and other valuable fields of human endeavors. Being is a light is telling your own story and helping neighbors live up to their potentials.

  • Staci Elle

    She should also identify as a fascinating BEAUTIFUL black female filmmaker…. (watches clip again)

  • grendo

    the idea of the black “gaze” is very interesting.