Black Herstory Swaggerette: Ava DuVernay, Director – “Selma”

I am very thrilled and proud to post this profile of the beautiful and talented Swaggerette Ava DuVernay  just 24 hours before the Oscars telecast. Being a filmmaker myself, her story inspires me to know that dreams can truly come true.



“Selma” starring David Oyelowo, received two 2015 Oscar nominations: Best Picture and Original Song. The film was produced by Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner. The film’s original song “Glory” earned John Stephens ( a.k.a. John Legend) and Lonnie Lynn (a.k.a. Common) their first nomination. –

Prior to her work as a filmmaker, DuVernay worked as a marketer and publicist for more than 14 years, forming DVA Media + Marketing in 1999. Her award-winning firm provided strategy and execution for more than 120 film and television campaigns for acclaimed directors such as Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Michael Mann and Bill Condon.

A graduate of UCLA, DuVernay is the founder of AFFRM, the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as well as the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. She is also board member for both Film Independent and the Sundance Institute. DuVernay is based in Los Angeles. –

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