Celebrities stop by the ESSENCE photo booth in the New Orleans Convention Center during Fourth of July weekend 2015: Yara Shahidi and mother Keri Shahidi, Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Josiah Bell, Meagan Good and DeVon Franklin, Lianne La Havas, Gabourey Sidibe and Jussie Smollett, Goapele, Ava DuVernay, and Justine Skye
In response to the racist fuckery that is the #boycottStarWarsVII hashtag, director and activist Ava DuVernay created the hashtag #CelebrateStarWars as a way for fans to celebrate and share their excitement for the upcoming film.
The DuVernay choice is great news for the future of the Marvel franchise not only because of the more diverse perspective she can bring to the table (she’d be the first non-white, non-male director to see a Marvel film to its completion), but also because in hiring someone with such strong vision, Marvel can combat accusations that its lucrative franchise is a creatively stifling place for directors. In the past, Marvel has employed a wide-range of creative directorial talents from Kenneth Branagh and Shane Black toJon Favreau and Joss Whedon. But it’s only been a year since Edgar Wright left the studio’s Ant-Man, a project he had been developing for the better part of a decade, over creative differences and just a few months since Whedon sounded off with remarkable candor about the “really unpleasant” storytelling battles he lost in making Avengers: Age of Ultron.
We just started the 2nd week of Black History Month, and Black women have been slaying us left and right, popping out of the woodwork with their natural born slayage and hard work, giving us reasons to remind ourselves how dope we are.
Father God, please make this Black Girl Magic collaboration happen. PLEASE. For all that is right in the world, PLEASE.
“I loved meeting Chadwick and writers and all the Marvel execs,” said DuVernay. “In the end, it comes down to story and perspective. And we just didn’t see eye to eye. Better for me to realize that now than cite creative differences later.”
Michelle Obama celebrated the beauty, power and tenacity of
black women while spreading her own message of education for girls at Black
Girls Rock!, an annual event honoring trailblazing women of color from all
walks of life. Congratulations to the beautiful women honored at the awards
including actress Jada Pinkett Smith, singer Erykah Badu, actress
Cicely Tyson, “Selma” director Ava DuVernay, educator Nadia Lopez and
Dr. Helene D. Gayle, president and CEO of CARE USA.
“No matter who you are, no matter where you
come from, you are beautiful. I am so proud of you. My husband, your president,
is so proud of you. We have so much hope and dreams for you” Michelle Obama
told the crowd, which included many young black girls: http://huff.to/1ONPbdU via The Huffington
Marvel is courting “Selma” filmmaker Ava DuVernay to direct one of its diverse superhero movies, which include “Black Panther” and “Captain Marvel,” multiple individuals with knowledge of the situation have told TheWrap. Insiders suggest that “Black Panther,” due first in July 2018, is the most likely possibility.
Marvel has had discussions with DuVernay about taking the reins of one of its marquee comic book properties and while the studio is considering other directors, there is mutual interest in having her join the MCU.