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 4:30pm 2/02/15 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 11:45am 1/17/15 11:45am

An Interview with Ava DuVernay, Groundbreaking Director of Selma

The morning the Golden Globe nominations were announced, Ava DuVernay was in Toronto, having just premiered her latest film, Selma, and braving a heinous snowstorm. As the accolades for Selma came rolling in—four, including Best Director and Best Drama Motion Picture—DuVernay was stuck in the airport for three hours… » 12/15/14 5:20pm 12/15/14 5:20pm