Yesha Callahan

WATCH: Ava DuVernay Talks Selma, #OscarsSoWhite, and Hollywood’s Lack of Diversity

From Democracy Now!:

Today we spend the hour with Ava DuVernay, the director of the acclaimed new civil rights film “Selma,” which tells the story of the campaign led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to draw the nation’s attention to the struggle for equal voting rights by marching from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in March of 1965. While the film has been nominated for an Oscar for best picture, to the shock of many,

  1. January 30, 2015 - Reply

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  2. January 30, 2015 - Reply

    Ava DuVernay certainly is speaking truth to power. She is right that we have to confront the issue of police brutality in our communities. Also, we have to not only learn about the present, but we have to understand about the past too. The movement of Selma was not the work of just one man. It was the work among the poor, the working class, and others who decided that enough is enough. These heroes wanted voting rights to be protected in a federal level. Dr. Martin Luther King, James Forman, Diane Nash, Bevel, and so many other people worked in forming the Voting Rights Act. SNCC should be given great credit for their grassroots efforts during the Selma campaign. Even Malcolm X supported the Selma movement. LBJ wanted the civil rights movement to be more to his liking (which was about reformism not revolutionary changes), but the black liberation movement had other plains. The Black Panthers evolved from SNCC, the Deacons of Defense, and other revolutionary organizations. The Voting Rights Act has parts of it gutted by the Supreme Court and we are still fighting for our voting rights now. There is nothing wrong with black people developing their own infrastructure so more of our true stories are shown. Ava DuVernary definitely needs encouragement and I want her to fulfill her dreams without question.

  3. September 24, 2015 - Reply

    …simply, become free agent I know same lame response we need give preference to only Blacks in “Hollywood”? Apparently, given awards,distribution to Black production companies this not enough your awaiting given choice. Make only “Blacks” stand up, whom under minding the diversity whom Asian distribution whom emulating can’t “think” outside L.A mentality going. Copy not films same tactics of discrimination in “Hollywood” many Blacks in prominent positions furthermore choice audience doesn’t support alternate movies. Don’t go there going to fair better, what ever big producers place expectations of audience due race. Disgrace Black” fans seldom or ever participate moving going I’m futile what ever you need. Sell your ideology abroad Ms. Ego (talking for oppress Blacks) lack goals to become independent Oprah. Is charade awaiting parade gotten her acclaim wanting more using Blacks further her mania. Selma (2014) opposite of “historical” content presently: controlled by gang members selling drugs! Lampoon, Oprah seeks, those controlled by her detest independent Black men paradox among Black Hollywood whom. Controls no your using color, respect judgment lack women in executive positions not about arts financial gains! Women have gotten, attention many are directors admire decision of women
    free lancing abroad why so dynamic get over it!

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