Singer Andra Day attends CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at the American Museum of Natural History on November 17, 2015 in New York City.

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A moment backstage at the premiere of the Nina Simone documentary, "What Happened, Miss Simone?" gave Andra a memory that she will cherish forever.

Lauren Porter
Feb, 09, 2016

#BlackGirlMagic comes in all shapes in forms and for singer/songwriter Andra Day, one of the 2016 Black Women in Music performers, a magic moment came in an encounter with film director extraordinaire, Ava DuVernay.

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Day, a Grammy Award nominee, said that DuVernay's magic and power gave her the strength to realize anything is possible.

"I was fortunate enough to meet [Selma director] Ava DuVernay at Sundance Film Festival last year. That was definitely a moment for me. It was just me thanking her for what she’s done backstage [at the premiere of the Nina Simone documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone?] I’m just inspired by her because she is in such a powerful position in film and was brave enough to do a powerful movie. To be the director of Selma [as a black woman], it tells me that limitations don’t exist. She just breezes past all of that to do whatever is in her mind."

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Andra Day's debut album, Cheers to the Fall, is avaliable now.

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