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The director discusses how the "malfunctioning" criminal justice system continues to fail people of color and why it needs to change. Plus, other Netflix stars weigh in.
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Ava DuVernay, Hilton Als to Be Honored at Hammer Gala

The Hammer Museum’s 15th Annual Gala in the Garden is set take place in Los Angeles on Oct. 14, co-chaired by Bottega Veneta creative director Tomas Maier, Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto and Jenni, Maggie and Saree Kayne.
This year’s honorees include “Selma” director Ava DuVernay and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and critic Hilton Als. Ms. DuVernay will receive a tribute from director J.J. Abrams, and Mr. Als from American writer Maggie Nelson. The evening will be capped with a performance by Grammy-nominated band Haim.
This marks the fifth year that Bottega Veneta is supporting the museum’s gala. The fashion house has previously supported the museum with cocktail parties and other events leading up to the gala, and Maier has provided creative direction for the event’s look in the past.
The Hammer Gala is usually a star-studded event and past honorees have included Diane Keaton, Joni Mitchell, Paul McCarthy, Joan Didion, Frank Gehry, Tony Kushner, Barbara Kruger, Catherine Opie, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman and Mark Bradford. Last year’s honorees were Laurie Anderson and Todd Haynes.
L.A.’s museums have forged strong ties with the fashion community, which has been keen to underwrite marquee events, including Gucci’s ongoing support of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Art

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Nicole Kidman, Ava DuVernay and Reese Witherspoon to Host Variety’s Television Nominees Celebration

Variety has announced the host committee for the annual Variety & Women in Film Television Nominees Celebration, which will take place Friday, Sept. 15 at Gracias Madre in West Hollywood. The cast of “Big Little Lies” will make a big showing at the event, with Laura Dern, Reese Witherspoon, and Nicole Kidman all part of the committee…. Read more »

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Sundance Next Fest to Include Conversations with Ava DuVernay, Larry Wilmore

Ava DuVernay and Larry Willmore have been added to the lineup of Sundance Next Fest, which runs Aug. 10-13 at Los Angeles’ Theatre at Ace Hotel. Conversations between talented filmmakers, music video world premieres and three female comedians as hosts are part of the slate. On Aug. 12, DuVernay will join “Gook” director Justin Chon in… Read more »

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Rihanna And Lupita Nyong’o Are Officially Making A Film With Ava DuVernay

It all started with a tweet. 

The Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o movie dreamt up by Twitter users and propelled to viral fame is set to become a reality. Netflix nabbed the rights in “a very aggressive bid” at the Cannes Film Festival, Entertainment Weekly reported. 

Back in April, @blaquepink shared an iconic 2014 photo of Rihanna and Nyong’o seated together at Paris Fashion Week. 

User @1800SADGAL responded that the pair looked like the perfect duo. 

And thus a movie idea was born. Rihanna and Nyong’o were game. 

Ava DuVernay will direct and Issa Rae is set to write, according to EW. DuVernay and Rae were also recruited by determined Twitter users. 

 “I really think it shows the power of people wanting to see stories that are women-centered, women of color-centered that are made by women of color,” DuVernay told TIME last month. “I think it was really interesting that after Rihanna and Lupita were in the picture and the story went viral, it wasn’t about who’s the male lead or who’s the sidekick, it was about who’s going to write it? Who’s going to direct it?”

“I think that is really interesting about people’s interest in who’s creating and who’s telling the story and especially on Twitter where everyone is telling their own story,” she continued. “We’ll see what happens.”

Reps for Rae told Vanity Fair that the Twitter users who came up with the idea “will be credited and included in some form.”  

Needless to say, everyone is pretty excited. 

This article has been updated with info from Issa Rae’s team.

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Playback: Ava DuVernay on ‘13th,’ Donald Trump and a Weakened Democratic Party

This week, thoughts on the WGA nominations, plus Ava DuVernay discusses her documentary “13th” and the current political climate.

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Shonda Rhimes, Ava DuVernay And Other Badass Women Grace The Cover Of Essence’s May Issue

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Essence magazine is marking a big milestone in May — and to honor the event, they’ve dedicated the cover of their upcoming issue to five well-deserving badass women.

The publication aimed at uplifting the voices of African-American women will soon hit their 45th anniversary and in celebrating their legacy, the magazine is featuring five female trailblazers who carry on their same mission.

Shonda Rhimes, Mara Brock Akil, Issa Rae, Debbie Allen and Ava DuVernay grace the cover of the upcoming May issue, which pays tribute to these iconic women and their contributions to television, film and the web.

Each of these women has created powerful narratives that have helped to boost the representation of black women in media — and because of this, Essence is rightfully recognizing, and validating, their amazing work.

The May issue of Essence is expected to hit newsstands on Friday, April 17.

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Ava DuVernay credits her mother with showing her that you do not have to be just one thing in life. She shares how she changed careers in order to follow her dreams and the emotional transformation from a supporter of artists to becoming the artist herself.

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