Ava DuVernay

Regina King Places Handprints, Footprints Outside TCL Chinese Theatre

Oscar- and Emmy-winning actress Regina King placed her handprints and footprints in cement in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX in Hollywood today, six days before her latest film, “The Harder They Fall,” begins streaming on Netflix. In “The Harder They Fall,” billed by Netflix as a “New School Western,” King portrays “Treacherous” Trudy Smith, a gangster, thief and killer. This film is the West seen through a Black lens,” co-star Delroy Lindo said. Director Ava DuVernay was among those on hand to watch King be immortalized in cement. King dabbed tears from her eyes during the ceremony.

Ava DuVernay’s Film Collective ARRAY Partners with Google to Create Feature Film Grant for Underrepresented Creatives    

This week, ARRAY announced a partnership with Google to offer emerging creatives from historically underrepresented communities with the opportunity to apply for a career-changing $500,000 feature film grant.  ARRAY is a  grassroots distribution, arts and advocacy collective focused on amplifying work by people of color and women, founded by acclaimed director Ava DuVernay. The ARRAY + Google Feature Film Grant, which will provide funds to produce the recipient’s first full-length feature film, was instituted as a way to help build a more equitable and inclusive artistic community of diverse storytellers. 

Golden Globe Awards Blackout — Travesty or Testament?

Black talent being shut out of the Golden Globes is not just a travesty but also a testament to the power of the work and the narratives being told that challenge the status quo. Why folks assume that awards shows invested in the same media industries that continue to perpetuate and recycle the vilest stereotypes of black identity and behavior would somehow acknowledge the stories, performances and behind-the-scenes work that challenges dominant ways of thinking about Black people on and off-screen is befuddling.