“Ava DuVernay made it clear that casting minorities in front of and behind the camera was a conscious effort on her part at the premiere of OWN’s newest family drama, “Queen Sugar.“
We had a majority women and people of color writer’s room,” the creator-producer-director told the crowd after introducing her team. She then waved for her African-American female post-production supervisor to come onstage. “A lot of people do not know that there is this position, and they don’t know that a sister can do it.”
The applause continued as Duvernay introduced her all-female directing team, who she hand-picked to tell the story this season. “Some of these women have been trying to work in television, had doors closed to them, that’s the kind of industry we work in. You can make beautiful films that go to Berlin, Cannes, South By [Southwest], Sundance, and yet you can’t get an episode on television in Hollywood.”
“Bringing not just diversity, but inclusion of people who probably in many points would not have an opportunity to to go in and direct a series like this, that was the statement,” exec producer Oprah Winfrey asserted on the carpet.”
I apologise for any spelling errors. I haven’t been able to sleep lately, suffering from insomnia. So this morning I thought of doing this, just to keep busy and not think about negative things. It’ 03:54 am. I can’t deal with this ish any more…. Pray for me. It’s a fun conceptual piece of course, I would never intentionally disrespect the creator.