Ava DuVernay

“A solitary fantasy can transform a million realities.” - Maya Angelou

Last year’s Emmys. A lovely time. Wishing a stellar night to all the nominees, especially to pals who are in the mix. Also, wishing a stellar night to those not nominated. No gold man compares to your own shine. It took holding these to realize. Our work, that joy, is our real reward.
A beautiful week. Today completes Week Five of #CentralParkFive principal photography. Six more to go. Thanks to the most stellar crew I’ve ever worked with in this city. And to all the actors who gave so much this week. Incredible work. A few snaps of our boys to share. Onward. [📸: @jimagraphy ]
Standing on set at this moment with 11 principal actors, 100+ extras, three stuntmen, four cameras and the full knowledge that no dream is too big. Crazy dreams forever. Thanks for the reminder + example, @Kaepernick7.
‪Remember, there is no box that we can’t break. @VitalVoices@Co @amandademme
‪My beautiful view. How many camera people can you spot? How many women camera people can you spot? How many people of color camera people can you spot? Beauties all. #CP5Crew #CameraArmy
Was commissioned to create an installation about Black people in America by Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture. So, I called a bunch of friends to make a film about a day that I’ve long held dear. August 28. We use words of black poets as dialogue to frame interactions of uncentered African-Americans colliding with key moments in history. Tonight, AUGUST 28 airs for the first time anywhere outside of the @NMAAHC only on @OWNTV. Thanks to Angela Bassett, David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o, Don Cheadle, Glynn Turman, Michael Ealy, Gugu Mbatha Raw and Regina King for coming along for this journey. Plus, cinematographer Malik Sayeed, composer Meshell Ndegeocello, producer Paul Garnes and editor Spencer Averick. It was an honor through and through.
BLACK GIRLS ROCK is such a beautiful show. Had a fun time presenting to one of my favorite people. Tune in to BET on September 9 to experience the great work of BGR Founder @djbeverlybond and the terrific BET team who make the ceremony possible. And to see the honoree that I presented to give a speech that tore the roof off the place! Love to @adamburrell who painted me and @best_loctician who nourished my hair and @jasonbolden for making sure I had something sparkly to wear. And remember.. Black Girls Really Do Rock. Like for real. xo
Thrilled to announce new members of the cast family for our series chronicling the Central Park Five. Actors I’ve had the pleasure of working with before like Adepero Oduye and Bill Sadler. Actors I’ve wanted to work with like Josh Jackson and Famke Janssen. New actors I’m excited to get to know like Aurora Perrineau. And my brother Omar Dorsey and long-time friend, the great Blair Underwood. Grateful for each one. For the culture. For justice! 👊🏾
Love to my beautiful crew who surprised me between set-ups at midnight today! I don’t eat cake. So these are a boatload of my favorite chocolate chip cookies. I mean, starting the year off with 200+ comrades and chocolate chip cookies in the park on a beautiful summer night ain’t bad. Thanks, #CP5CREW ! [📸: @gregoryanderson ]
It’s midnight. Bringing in my birthday in the dark in Central Park. Bringing in my birthday doing what I love. I thank God for this past year. I pray for the future. Not for the shiny things. Just for life. A good life with love flowing to me and from me. I pray for that. Now back to the set to shoot my shots! Blessings to all! xo. A.
When a musical legend surprises you with birthday cupcakes on set while you happen to be wearing his group’s shirt. Tribe Fan Forever! Thanks, @qtiptheabstract. And thanks for the surprise @JaneTribeca ! XO!
Happy birthday to the lady who runs my businesses and who has been a tremendous friend and true sister to me. I love you, @TilaneJ. Thank you for being a blessing to us all. My prayer is for your new year to be filled with only good, only joy, only love and much happiness! Go, T! It’s your birfday!🎈🎁👑
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