Famed NSFW Pirelli Calendar to Celebrate Women for Their Brains or Something

The Pirelli Calendar has long been known for its exclusive, seductive pictures of the world’s top models, shot by the world’s best photographers, as was celebrated last year in a book on the calendar’s 50-plus years of production. While the 2016 calendar was expected to be much of the same, it appears that this year,… »9/22/15 11:00am9/22/15 11:00am

Career Tip from Ava DuVernay: 'Follow the White Guys'

At this year’s BlogHer conference in New York City, Ava DuVernay delivered a keynote in which she gave advice on how to get ahead. In an industry where the acclaimed Selma director is a minority, she described using “the white guys” as a lead. “You gotta follow the white guys. Truly. They’ve got this thing wired,”… »7/19/15 5:30pm7/19/15 5:30pm

Selma Director Ava DuVernay Tapped to Direct Marvel's Black Panther

Ava DuVernay is making history yet again. The Selma director has been hired to helm Black Panther, Marvel’s first black superhero movie, as the company’s first black female director. The film will star Chadwick Boseman, who has played James Brown and Jackie Robinson, respectively, in biopics. »6/22/15 6:30pm6/22/15 6:30pm

Director Dee Rees Cements Her Soft Style in Bessie With Queen Latifah

While the world rightfully celebrates Ava DuVernay’s skills with Selma, we might want to stay tuned to director Dee Rees too. The creative force behind HBO’s Bessie, Rees cut her teeth on the heart-wrenching independent film Pariah that left me in a puddle of tears by the credits and she brought the same raw, subtle… »5/20/15 5:23pm5/20/15 5:23pm

SeaWorld Barbie Is Out, Ava DuVernay Barbie Is In 

Mattel is discontinuing its Seaworld Trainer Barbie line, Page Six reports, partly in response to concerns from animal rights activists that SeaWorld mistreats its orcas. Simultaneously, the company has announced a new doll to honor director Ava DuVernay, one of six “sheroes” (others include Lucky editor Eva Chen and… »4/24/15 7:50pm4/24/15 7:50pm

Ava DuVernay and Q-Tip Chatted About Her Art and 'Black Lives Matter'

It’s no secret that Ava DuVernay’s Selma, very likely the most important American movie of 2014, also served as a litmus test for how the Hollywood establishment views racism, how it views women of color directors, and how it views honest art made about black people. (It also further solidified that the Oscars are… »4/23/15 11:30am4/23/15 11:30am

Oprah and Ava DuVernay to Create Drama Series for OWN

Ava DuVernay is having a good year. The filmmaker is teaming up with Oprah to create a new series for the Oprah Winfrey Network based off of the novel Queen Sugar. DuVernay will wear multiple hats as the writer, director and executive producer of the series, while Oprah will executive produce and have a recurring role… »2/02/15 4:30pm2/02/15 4:30pm

Academy President Responds to Criticism Over 2015 Oscar Nominations

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, spoke with the AP last night about criticism over the lack of diversity among this year's Oscar nominees. The nominations, announced on Thursday, were more white and more male than they had been in previous years. All twenty of this… »1/17/15 11:45am1/17/15 11:45am