After creating award-winning independent films and starting a distribution company to get more Black films into theaters, Ava DuVernay has become a Hollywood darling.

While she’s always been dope, the powers that be seemed to have finally recognized DuVernay’s storytelling skills when Selma, her biopic about Dr. Martin Luther King, wowed moviegoers and critics alike.
tumblr_nw7whlYmv01tg4ylmo1_400DuVernay could have easily towed the line and enjoyed the spotlight, but instead, she’s continued to speak about the lack of diversity in Hollywood and the need for more stories from people of color.

“There’s a generation of filmmakers of color and women whose primary concern is that no one will see their work,” DuVernay said of the relaunch of ARRAY, her distribution company. “And that is a huge barrier. They’re asking, ‘Why make something if no one will see it?”

This month, DuVernay takes her message to Elle magazine, where she covers one of eight commemorative covers for the glossy’s annual “Women In Hollywood” issue.


In the interview, DuVernay talks about her upcoming series, Queen Sugar, on OWN, the film she’s writing starring her good friend David Oyelowo, and about a billion other projects she’s juggling.

While the issue has yet to hit newsstands, DuVernay tweeted she’s representing for sisters on Elle. 

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  • Napunzel

    Whattt?? I’m gagging go head Ava with your Elle cover !! Definitely will be copping!

    • Mary Burrell

      What’s gagging?

    • Napunzel

      It means I’m excited.

  • I am glad that she always rep for Compton. A lot of real, down to Earth Brothers and Sisters are from Compton. There should be black people expressing their stories. Our stories are diverse and we have the right to allow our voices to be heard. Also, another point is to be made. We should grow more of our power. Power deals with ownership, control, and the means to help the black collective in fruitful ways. In other words, we should not only show our stories. We should control more of our publishing, our masters, and our own production. The media is one of the most powerful tools in existence today. If we use the media in a positive way (in showing the beauty, the inspirational qualities, and the creativity of our people), then that can go a long way in instilling confidence and a more positive social transformation among our community. Ava Duvernay’s “Selma” was an inspirational movie too. We will always remember the sacrifice of our forebears and give credit to the black heroes of our generation who are making a difference.

  • Mary Burrell

    Her locs are gorgeous

    • Yes, I agree with you Sister.

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  • CourtneyrrR

    Inspiring Interview. Realness at its finest . Intelligence and gracefulness on display.
    This woman is powerful.

    • Preach Sister.


      I am glad that you’re back. :)

      Yes, I finally saw Selma in its entirety and it was excellent.

    • You’re completely right.

    • Mary Burrell

      Hey Courtney