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HER Spotlight :: Ava DuVernay

Written by: Brittany Cheri

Photo Credit: Gabriel Goldberg

Have you ever seen films or tv shows that are enticing enough to get you to stay in tune for more than ten minutes before wanting to change the channel? What about a film that is so breath-taking you forget that its only either a depiction or just not real? What about a film that sits on your heart for days after you finish watching it? What if I told you that some of the most memorable films to date have been from a woman? Would that surprise you? What if I said it were a black woman?

Well, let me tell you that one of the most amazing directors and producers to date is the phenomenal mind behind the films ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ and ‘Selma’, not to forget the exhilarating tv drama series ‘Queen Sugar’ Ava DuVernay!!

Ava DuVernay is most recognized recently for her phenomenal storytelling and creation of the now-named Exonerated Five’s tragic story and journey to justice, ‘When They See Us’.

This film was casted full of amazingly talented new and veteran actors and actresses. ‘When They See Us’ was definitely the hardest series or film that I have ever watched in my life, it was gut-wrenching and heartbreaking, eye opening and oddly exciting. Whilst many argued that the series was not for all age viewers, I disagree firmly because of the (continued) state of the actions taken against the lives of black people, EVERYONE young and old, from EVERY ethnicity need to see this series. If you haven’t seen the series yet, head over to Netflix and watch with an open mind and prepare yourself because the story behind the lives of these five men is heavier than I could ever describe.

With that being said, Ava DuVernay deserves every spotlight from here to the next universe for her extraordinary abilities to create, direct and execute these stories.

Ava we can’t wait for what’s next!!

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