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Ava DuVernay; A multifaceted force in film, entrepreneurship

DuVernay has emerged as a vital voice in American cinema.

by Oluwatosin Racheal Alabi

Ava DuVernay has emerged as a vital voice in American cinema, offering deep insights into the African American story. As a UCLA graduate, she pivoted from a career in publicity to a filmmaker with a distinct voice. Her work in “Middle of Nowhere” won her the Best Director at Sundance, a historic achievement. “Selma” earned her a Golden Globe nomination. Her bold “13th” documentary tackled racial issues in the U.S. justice system. “A Wrinkle in Time” highlighted her narrative versatility.

Her TV work is also notable. The miniseries “When They See Us” addressed the plight of five Black teens wrongly convicted. “Queen Sugar” delved into complex family ties. With “Naomi,” she brought a new take on superheroes.

Her business ventures are thriving. Reports highlight seven businesses she runs, showcasing her role as a change-maker.

Forward Movement

This production company spearheads television projects. A deal with Warner Bros. Television in 2017 marked a significant phase for DuVernay’s creative output.


Launched in 2011, ARRAY distributes films from diverse storytellers. It champions narrative change through art and social impact.

The DuVernay Agency

Since 1999, this PR firm has been a part of DuVernay’s expanding media presence.

The Urban Beauty Collective

Started in 2003, this network has supported African-American-owned beauty salons and shops, growing significantly since its inception.


Created in 1999, this platform serves lifestyle content to millennial women of color.


The African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement, begun in 2010, focuses on distributing Black-centered films.

ARRAY Creative Campus

This innovative space, with its modern theater, promotes films by people of color and female directors.

DuVernay’s ventures underline her dedication to diversity and storytelling that sparks conversation and change.

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