Time Selects Michelle Obama for the 2019 T100

Time Selects Michelle Obama for the 2019 T100

by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter | Time Magazine Loving Michelle Obama wasn’t much of a choice. It was something that came naturally, because of how she carried herself. Because she resembled us and was moving in spaces where, as black Americans, we weren’t exactly meant to...
The New Gods (2019)

The New Gods (2019)

Director: Ava DuVernay Writer(s): Jack Kirby (characters), Kario Salem Starring: Unknown Synopsis: Plot unknown. Feature film based on the DC comic book series, ‘The New Gods’. Release Date: Unknown | Length: Unknown | Genre: Action, Sci-Fi | MPAA Rating:...
How Akin Omotoso Brings Empathy & Authenticity To Filmmaking

How Akin Omotoso Brings Empathy & Authenticity To Filmmaking

by Dino-Ray Ramos | Deadline Hollywood Filmmaker Akin Omotoso’s latest film Vaya first premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2016 to critical praise and continued to make its rounds around the festival circuit and earned him the Africa Movie Academy...
Untitled Prince Project (2019)

Untitled Prince Project (2019)

Director: Ava DuVernay Writer(s): Unknown Starring: Prince Synopsis: The multiple-part documentary will cover the artist’s entire life and feature interviews, archival footage, photos and more. Note: The project has the full cooperation of the late artist’s estate....
Half the Picture (2018)

Half the Picture (2018)

Director: Amy Adrion Writer(s): Amy Adrion Starring: Ava DuVernay, Jill Soloway, Lena Dunham, Miranda July, Catherine Hardwicke, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Rosanna Arquette, Jamie Babbit, Emily Best, Maria Burton, Patricia Cardoso, Brenda Chapman, Martha Coolidge,...
A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

Director: Ava DuVernay Writer(s): Madeleine L’Engle, Jennifer Lee Starring: Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Levi Miller, Deric McCabe, Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Peña, André Holland, Rowan Blanchard,...
Barry Jenkins named Film Keynote Speaker for 2018 SXSW

Barry Jenkins named Film Keynote Speaker for 2018 SXSW

from Shadow & Act After debuting his first feature at SXSW years back, Barry Jenkins will be the keynote speaker at the film portion of the 2018 festival. “We are overjoyed to invite Barry Jenkins back to SXSW as a Film Keynote having presented the world premiere...
Girls Trip (2017)

Girls Trip (2017)

Director: Malcolm D. Lee Writer(s): Kenya Barris, Tracy Oliver, Erica Rivinoja Starring: Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish, Larenz Tate, Mike Colter, Kate Walsh, Kofi Siriboe, Lara Grice, Deborah Ayorinde, Janeline Hayes, Wild Wayne,...
13th (2016)

13th (2016)

Director: Ava DuVernay Writer(s):  Spencer Averick, Ava DuVernay Starring: N/A Synopsis: An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality. READ REVIEW Release Date: October 7, 2016 (USA) |...
20th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival 2016

20th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival 2016

VENUE: AMC Empire 25 in midtown Manhattan, with Opening Night at the SVA Theater in Chelsea in NYC. DATE: September 21 – 25, 2016 The Urbanworld Film Festival, founded in 1997 by Stacy Spikes, is the largest internationally competitive festival of its kind, hosted in...
Two Down…

Two Down…

by Ross A. Lincoln | Deadline Hollywood DreamWorks is now searching for a new person to helm its upcoming sci-fi thriller Intelligent Life, as Selma director Ava DuVernay has opted to move on due to scheduling conflicts, Deadline has confirmed. She originally became...
Disney Locks in Ava DuVernay for ‘A Wrinkle In Time’

Disney Locks in Ava DuVernay for ‘A Wrinkle In Time’

By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act Following the February 8th announcement that Ava DuVernay was offered (that we know of, at least) 2 high profile studio projects (one from Disney and the other from DreamWorks), comes news that the filmmaker has officially inked...
Kitchen Dance Off (2015)

Kitchen Dance Off (2015)

Director: Ava DuVernay Writer: Unknown Starring: Kerry Washington, Taraji P. Henson, Mary J. Blige Synopsis: Actresses Kerry Washington and Taraji P. Henson are hanging out in Mary J. Blige’s kitchen while she experiments with cooking a new recipe. Kerry picks...
Instant Boyfriend Mixtape Service (2015)

Instant Boyfriend Mixtape Service (2015)

Director: Ava DuVernay Writer: Unknown Starring: Kerry Washington, Taraji P. Henson, Mary J. Blige Synopsis: In this Apple Music commercial that aired during the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, “Scandal” star Kerry Washington and “Empire” actress...
Ava DuVernay Not Directing ‘Black Panther’

Ava DuVernay Not Directing ‘Black Panther’

Marianne Zumberge | Variety Ava DuVernay has officially put an end to the rumors that she would be directing “Black Panther.” In an interview with Essence on Friday, DuVernay provided a definitive answer concerning her possible involvement with the Marvel film. “I’m...
Tyler Perry & Ava DuVernay Talk at Produced By

Tyler Perry & Ava DuVernay Talk at Produced By

Dominic Patten | Deadline Hollywood “I’m not the person to ask about racism in this town, coming from where I came from I never had to go through what I’ve heard a lot of people had to go through in this town,” said Tyler Perry today at the Produced By conference. “I...
Studios Aren’t Lining Up for Black Protagonist…

Studios Aren’t Lining Up for Black Protagonist…

Ramin Setoodeh | Film Editor, New York | @RaminSetoodeh Ava DuVernay had an epiphany while attending this year’s Oscars ceremony, where “Selma” received two nominations including best picture, but was snubbed in categories like acting and directing. “It was a room in...
Heartbreak Recovery Service (2015)

Heartbreak Recovery Service (2015)

Director: Ava DuVernay Writer: Unknown Starring: Kerry Washington, Taraji P. Henson, Mary J. Blige Synopsis: Star of “Empire” Taraji P. Henson, “Scandal” actress Kerry Washington and recording artist Mary J. Blige reminisce about boyfriends...
Selma (2014)

Selma (2014)

Director: Ava DuVernay Writer(s): Paul Webb Starring: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Jim France, Trinity Simone, Mikeria Howard, Jordan Rice, Ebony Billups, Nadej k Bailey, Elijah Oliver, Oprah Winfrey, Clay Chappell, Tom Wilkinson, Giovanni Ribisi, Haviland Stillwell,...
Middle of Nowhere (2012)

Middle of Nowhere (2012)

Director: Ava DuVernay Writer(s): Ava DuVernay Starring: Emayatzy Corinealdi, Omari Hardwick, Edwina Findley Dickerson, Sharon Lawrence, Lorraine Toussaint, David Oyelowo, Maya Gilbert Dunbar, Bruce Katzman, Troy Curvey III, Yvette Cason, Andy Earnest Spencer, Romann...
I Will Follow (2010)

I Will Follow (2010)

Director: Ava DuVernay Writer(s): Ava DuVernay Starring: Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Tracie Thoms, Omari Hardwick, Michole Briana White, Beverly Todd, Dijon Talton, Damone Roberts, Phalana Tiller, Royale Watkins, Owen H.M. Smith, Lucas McFadden, Tony Perez, J.R....

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