#TJFWHM18: Ava DuVernay, Blazing the Trail in Film

Ava DuVernay is a film director, producer and screenwriter. The 45-year-old Long Beach, California native was the first African-American woman to win the directing award in the U.S. dramatic competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. She was also the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award and for an Academy Award for Best Picture. Lastly, DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time” made her the first African-American woman to direct a live-action film with a budget exceeding $100 million. Watch a clip of the film below.

While attending the University of California, Los Angeles, DuVernay studied English Literature and African-American Studies. Her professional career includes stints in journalism and public relations.

We honor Ava DuVernay, a leader in the film and entertainment industry.

Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White is Director of Digital Strategy for the Tom Joyner Foundation, a writer and editor.

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