Things We Learned From Ava DuVernay on The Breakfast Club

Lula Sharp
March 13, 2018

Ryan Coogler's Black Panther made an estimated $41 million this past weekend, pushing the superhero movie past $1 billion at the worldwide box office, according to Box Office Mojo.

Coogler, who recently directed the Marvel hit Black Panther showed some serious love for DuVernay on the opening day of her film A Wrinkle In Time, writing a heartfelt ode to their friendship and the wonderful woman she is for espnW. It's why I feel privileged to call her my big sister.

Calling the "Selma" helmer a "pioneer", Coogler also talked about DuVernays efforts to improve diversity on her sets, including her decision to hire all-female directors and women in important creative roles for season one of her OWN Network show "Queen Sugar", something she plans to continue in season two. She was already one of my heroes, and that was before she took one of the most sought-after scripts in Hollywood and turned it into the best film about Dr. Martin Luther King that anyone will ever make. "She makes the most distant dreams and ideas a reality", he wrote. By then she had written, produced and directed two fantastic films, about black women finding hope while experiencing grief and loss, all while maintaining a production and distribution company to finance and distribute underserved independent films made by women and people of color.

'Ava is a pioneer. "Ava is inclusion, equity and representation", wrote Coogler. Coogler said that personal tragedy, such as the loss of her father, helped shape the work she did on her Netflix series 13th.

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Usually, interviews with actors, director, etc. are held at a hotel, but when Storm Reid came to Atlanta to promote her new movie A Wrinkle in Time, we got to do the interview at a very cool location: her old Elementary school.

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A month after Black Panther showcased black excellence in the form of a superhero movie, A Wrinkle in Time is hoping to do the same through a beloved American children's novel.

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