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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…

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…