For our March issue we could think of no one better than Ava DuVernay

March is Women’s History Month and DuVernay is one of the most amazing women in entertainment. Taking a break from A Wrinkle in Time, the highly-anticipated adaptation of the popular book, the acclaimed director arrived the morning of the shoot fresh of a flight from northern California, just two days before Christmas.

For our cover story, DuVernay chats about everything from her Oscar-nominated documentary 13th to diversity and Array, her independent distribution company that spotlights little-known films from women and people of color. DuVernay takes an inclusive approach to film, an approach that’s all her own.

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“I don’t have to approach film like a man would, or like anybody else I read about, because it’s personal. So there’s no right way or wrong way. Directors talk about their process but that doesn’t have to be my process.”

You can read DuVernay’s full interview in the March issue of ESSENCE, which hits newsstands February 17.