Ava DuVernay Celebrates Becoming First Woman of Color to Direct $100 Million Film
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Earlier this year, fans gushed over Ava DuVernay after Disney announced the Golden Globe-nominated film director as their directorial pick for its upcoming film, A Wrinkle in Time

Now, the California-bred film-mogul-in-the-making is spewing with excitement as she’s become the first woman of color to direct a $100 million dollar film. To celebrate the honor, DuVernay posted an empowering message on Instagram recognizing not just her achievements, but the world of women of color who were capable before her and those who will be capable long after. 

“Not the first woman of color capable. Not by a long shot. This should have happened a long time ago with Julie Dash or Euzhan Palcy or Kathleen Collins or Neema Barnette. We need more. And more. And more. More voices. More kinds and creeds and colors of filmmakers. Thanks to Disney for making it so. And saluting my sister filmmakers. Onward for all of us. xo”

Oprah Winfrey Is Teaming Up with Ava DuVernay Again for ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

DuVernay’s name made waves in Tinseltown in 2014 when she directed the Oscar-winning film, Selma, in 2014. 

Currently working with Oprah Winfrey, her Hollywood sister in crime, on a number of projects including Queen Sugar and A Wrinkle in Time, it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot more of Ava DuVernay’s award-winning work for years to come. 

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