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Ava DuVernay's Advice to Women in Hollywood: "Fight for Your Stories"
Oscar nominations still "amplify work in a way nothing else does," says the director of the nominated documentary '13th,' who spoke to THR from the set of Disney's 'A Wrinkle in Time.'

“What do this year’s more inclusive nominations mean for the industry?

Very similar to the prison system in this country, where over the years we’ve put Band-Aids on something that needs surgery, in the film industry we’ve often done cosmetic changes to something that needs structural reconstruction. As far as the Academy goes, there now are structural changes put in place — and I was part of that decision-making — and the hope is that those changes will continue to manifest in years like this where the true world is reflected, but we won’t know until years to come. We can applaud this year’s Oscar nominations, and we should. It’s a beautiful year, and it will be even more beautiful when there are Latino, Asian-American, Native American, people with disabilities [represented].

What do you say to women and people of color who are daunted by the obstacles in Hollywood?

Anyone who thinks it’s too daunting should go do something else, because if you walk in thinking that it’s daunting, then it’s going to be that for you, and this is not for you. But if you walk in ready for it, to fight for your stories, to recognize that the traditional walls are collapsing, that the old system is on its last legs, that there are new ways to create material, to distribute material, to amplify your material, there’s no one stopping you. What you really have to interrogate is what do you want: Do you want to tell your story or do you want to be famous and win an Academy Award? ‘Cause those are two different things. There’s nothing stopping you anymore from telling your story.

Julie Dash, a beautiful filmmaker far, far more talented than I am, was making films in the early '90s, and her [Daughters of the Dust] became a classic film that’s in the National Archives. But she’s not a household name; she only joined the Academy last year when I lobbied to get her in — she’s on the margins and the outskirts of quote-unquote mainstream Hollywood, and yet over the years she’s found a way to tell her stories and be satisfied outside of that industry paradigm. So if you want to tell your stories, what I would say to someone is, “Go tell them.” And I believe that that is not a frivolous statement: It can be done; there are people doing it and go for it.”

Read the full interview here

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That support developed into love, and that love developed into a family. 

I had always been happy growing up. I was blessed enough to live a carefree life, surrounded by love and support. My family encouraged me to pursue my dreams and to not let myself be defined by anyone or anything. My only goal as a parent, was to pass down this upbringing to Grant. For him to know unconditional love and support. James and I were so excited to meet the man that Grant would become. 

Up until that night, I know that we were all blissfully happy. It made what came next, all the harder. 


I grew up in a small town a couple of hours away from here. A town surrounded by corn that served as insulation from the outside world.  

There was a type of quiet there, where you could hear the dragon flies buzzing over the river at night, the soft rustle of the leaves as the wind swept through the overhanging willows and the low hum of the electric lights from a bygone era. 

This was the type of place where Main street really meant Main street (the only street in town with any kind of shops on it), where drive in movie theaters still existed and where the townsfolk were more of an extended family than just friendly neighbors. 

Because of where we grew up, James and I knew each other our entire lives. Our romance wasn’t one of the ages, but it was simple, sweet and as honest as a first love can be. James encouraged me, pushed me, and always told me that I was destined for something outside of this town.  His confidence in me is what inspired me to apply to university, then medical school, and his support helped me get through my hospital rotations. I can still hear him say, “ Go get ‘em Garrer”. 

YAGP Houston Results

Juniors Age Division

Top 24 Men & Women - Classical Dance Category
Top 12 Marked with **

  • **Bella Klassen, School of Alberta Ballet [12]
  • Taryn Miller, School of Alberta Ballet [13]
  • Tate McRae, School of Alberta Ballet [13]

Top 12 Men & Women - Contemporary Dance Category

  • 1st Place - Tate McRae, School of Alberta Ballet [13]
  • 2nd Place - Taryn Miller, School of Alberta Ballet [13]
  • Bella Klassen, School of Alberta Ballet [12]

Pre-Competitive Age Division

Top 12 Men & Women - Classical Dance Category

  • Ava Maskin, Master Ballet Academy [11]

Top 12 Men & Women - Contemporary Dance Category

  • Ava Maskin, Master Ballet Academy [11]


Top 12 Ensembles

  • “Harlequinade Pas de Deux”, Dance Industry Performing Arts Center

Special Awards

Outstanding Choreographer Award - Travis Wall, “Stillness”, dancer: Tate McRae

Outstanding School Award: School of Alberta Ballet

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