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Ava DuVernay

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If you know me personally or have ever worked with me up close, then you also know Tilane Jones. Yesterday was her birthday. Perfect day to announce that she has just been appointed President of @ArrayNow. Tilane's contribution to ARRAY over the past decade has been monumental. In Tilane, we have a dynamic, highly-skilled leader with deep experience and commitment to our mission. As ARRAY embarks on our new era of growth and evolution, I'm overjoyed to continue to work side by side with such a terrific executive and an even better human being. Congratulations, @TilaneJ! #Boss

If you know me personally or have ever worked with me up close, then you also know Tilane Jones. Yesterday was her birthday. Perfect day to announce that she has just been appointed President of @ArrayNow. Tilane's contribution to ARRAY over the past decade has been monumental. In Tilane, we have a dynamic, highly-skilled leader with deep experience and commitment to our mission. As ARRAY embarks on our new era of growth and evolution, I'm overjoyed to continue to work side by side with such a terrific executive and an even better human being. Congratulations, @TilaneJ! #Boss

12,700 0 20 August, 2019
My Gramma is getting her birthday hair cut right now. The postwoman just came in and delivered @VanityFair. Gramma turned to the back cover.

Gram: “Your name is here.” Me: “Yes, ma’am. That’s my new project.” Gram: “Oh my, Ava. This is very impressive. Good girl.” Day made. 🙌🏾 #86yearslovely

My Gramma is getting her birthday hair cut right now. The postwoman just came in and delivered @VanityFair. Gramma turned to the back cover.

Gram: “Your name is here.” Me: “Yes, ma’am. That’s my new project.” Gram: “Oh my, Ava. This is very impressive. Good girl.” Day made. 🙌🏾 #86yearslovely

64,371 0 15 August, 2019
I got to spend time with my WHEN THEY SEE US family yesterday and every minute was a joy. Netflix screened our film and we had a beautiful talk afterward moderated by my dear friend JJ. Then, our brilliant composer Kris played his piano live with images from the film projected above him. Magnificent. And my stellar teammates from @arraynow were in the house for it all - which made it even better. Earlier in the day, we were honored with four awards by @aafca. It was one of those days that at the end of it, you just smile, basking in the light of friends and loved ones. Hugs to all. xo
Styling: @jasonbolden @starburleigh 
Makeup: @adamburrell 
Hair: @ladysoulfly

I got to spend time with my WHEN THEY SEE US family yesterday and every minute was a joy. Netflix screened our film and we had a beautiful talk afterward moderated by my dear friend JJ. Then, our brilliant composer Kris played his piano live with images from the film projected above him. Magnificent. And my stellar teammates from @arraynow were in the house for it all - which made it even better. Earlier in the day, we were honored with four awards by @aafca. It was one of those days that at the end of it, you just smile, basking in the light of friends and loved ones. Hugs to all. xo
Styling: @jasonbolden @starburleigh
Makeup: @adamburrell
Hair: @ladysoulfly

34,296 0 12 August, 2019
‪Today is the day that a king was born. His power is his survival. His strength is his sword. He defeats darkness daily. He endures. He inspires. Saluting you today, @KoreyKingWise. I celebrate your life and thank you for letting me be a part of it. Happy Birthday, dear brother. 🙏🏾‬

‪Today is the day that a king was born. His power is his survival. His strength is his sword. He defeats darkness daily. He endures. He inspires. Saluting you today, @KoreyKingWise. I celebrate your life and thank you for letting me be a part of it. Happy Birthday, dear brother. 🙏🏾‬

214,608 0 26 July, 2019
Created by yours truly especially for @OWNTV, CHERISH THE DAY follows a different couple each season as they experience the ordinary and the extraordinary days that define romantic relationships. Each episode chronicles 24 hours in the life of two lovers. Welcoming our first season couple: @xoshroq and @alanomiller. It was a pleasure to hand-pick these two wildly talented actors for this journey. Can’t wait to work with them both. We’ll see you on the air in 2020! #believeinlove

Created by yours truly especially for @OWNTV, CHERISH THE DAY follows a different couple each season as they experience the ordinary and the extraordinary days that define romantic relationships. Each episode chronicles 24 hours in the life of two lovers. Welcoming our first season couple: @xoshroq and @alanomiller. It was a pleasure to hand-pick these two wildly talented actors for this journey. Can’t wait to work with them both. We’ll see you on the air in 2020! #believeinlove

11,713 0 26 July, 2019
Sunday. Time to reflect. To be still. To listen. This week has been a beauty for many reasons. I had to meditate on it for myself. So just finally posting. Thanks to all the crew and cast and execs who worked passionately by my side on this project. A special hug to those who work behind the scenes in positions that don’t get the limelight. Thank you for what you gave. And to the nominees: congrats to you. Onward for all of us. Especially, Antron, Kevin, Raymond, Yusef and Korey. All my love always. 🖤

Sunday. Time to reflect. To be still. To listen. This week has been a beauty for many reasons. I had to meditate on it for myself. So just finally posting. Thanks to all the crew and cast and execs who worked passionately by my side on this project. A special hug to those who work behind the scenes in positions that don’t get the limelight. Thank you for what you gave. And to the nominees: congrats to you. Onward for all of us. Especially, Antron, Kevin, Raymond, Yusef and Korey. All my love always. 🖤

132,609 0 18 hours ago
Korey. Antron. Raymond. Kevin. Yusef. They took the stage last night at the #BETAwards. They received a standing ovation. They felt so much love and support all weekend. Los Angeles welcomed them beautifully. Proud. Love to these brothers. Good men. xo

Korey. Antron. Raymond. Kevin. Yusef. They took the stage last night at the #BETAwards. They received a standing ovation. They felt so much love and support all weekend. Los Angeles welcomed them beautifully. Proud. Love to these brothers. Good men. xo

105,820 0 24 June, 2019
Mali. Our sunshine. She’s a light and she doesn’t even know it yet. Watch out world when she finds out. May this new year be filled with focus, friendship, fun and firsts of the very best kind. The whole world is out there waiting to be discovered by you. It can’t wait to meet you. Happy birthday, @maliiisalll. With all my love, Your Auntie Ava 🖤

Mali. Our sunshine. She’s a light and she doesn’t even know it yet. Watch out world when she finds out. May this new year be filled with focus, friendship, fun and firsts of the very best kind. The whole world is out there waiting to be discovered by you. It can’t wait to meet you. Happy birthday, @maliiisalll. With all my love, Your Auntie Ava 🖤

13,599 0 15 June, 2019
We make a proudly black show about a proud black family. They live in Louisiana. They love each other fiercely. And they have secrets that may very well tear them apart. I remember the night of the debut in 2016. I was nervous. Would people watch a black family on their farmland - living, learning, loving? Thankfully, the answer was yes. Much love to all who’ve embraced QUEEN SUGAR. The Bordelons are back tonight on @OWNTV. And I’m not nervous. I’m proud. xo

We make a proudly black show about a proud black family. They live in Louisiana. They love each other fiercely. And they have secrets that may very well tear them apart. I remember the night of the debut in 2016. I was nervous. Would people watch a black family on their farmland - living, learning, loving? Thankfully, the answer was yes. Much love to all who’ve embraced QUEEN SUGAR. The Bordelons are back tonight on @OWNTV. And I’m not nervous. I’m proud. xo

42,522 0 12 June, 2019
Stellar night last night celebrating Denzel Washington’s Lifetime Achievement Award from AFI. Felt like all of Hollywood came out to salute a legend. Don’t know when it airs. But when it does, watch and enjoy. Clips from all his films. Tributes by his co-stars and directors. Film nerd heaven.

Styling: @jasonbolden 
Makeup: @ernestocasillas 
Hair: @drkariwill
Dress: @StJohnKnits

Stellar night last night celebrating Denzel Washington’s Lifetime Achievement Award from AFI. Felt like all of Hollywood came out to salute a legend. Don’t know when it airs. But when it does, watch and enjoy. Clips from all his films. Tributes by his co-stars and directors. Film nerd heaven.

Styling: @jasonbolden
Makeup: @ernestocasillas
Hair: @drkariwill
Dress: @StJohnKnits

61,183 0 7 June, 2019
Thank you to the extraordinarily kind and gifted cast + crew who gave their hearts to #WhenTheySeeUs.  Everyone immersed themselves fully. Every single day. Every single scene. Every single take. Every single line. We shot a 4.5 hour film in 66 days last summer in/around New York City. There were 117 speaking parts. I love every cast I’ve ever had the honor of working with. I only hire people I want to spend time with. And this time - was a beautiful time. Hard, but beautiful. Hard, but so worth it. Thanks to each and all.

Thank you to the extraordinarily kind and gifted cast + crew who gave their hearts to #WhenTheySeeUs. Everyone immersed themselves fully. Every single day. Every single scene. Every single take. Every single line. We shot a 4.5 hour film in 66 days last summer in/around New York City. There were 117 speaking parts. I love every cast I’ve ever had the honor of working with. I only hire people I want to spend time with. And this time - was a beautiful time. Hard, but beautiful. Hard, but so worth it. Thanks to each and all.

202,664 0 31 May, 2019
“I’m not going to knock on closed doors. I’m going to make my own door.” Thank you to the incredible team at @THR for this deep dive into #WhenTheySeeUs and into my work through @ArrayNow. The power of film and TV is something we should all be able to harness. Not just a chosen few. Onward for all of us. [link in bio]

words: @that_rebecca 
image: @diegouchitel 
frock: @prada
style: @jasonbolden 
tresses: @drkariwill 
beat: @adamburrell

“I’m not going to knock on closed doors. I’m going to make my own door.” Thank you to the incredible team at @THR for this deep dive into #WhenTheySeeUs and into my work through @ArrayNow. The power of film and TV is something we should all be able to harness. Not just a chosen few. Onward for all of us. [link in bio]

words: @that_rebecca
image: @diegouchitel
frock: @prada
style: @jasonbolden
tresses: @drkariwill
beat: @adamburrell

48,814 0 22 May, 2019
Happy Birthday to this beauty. A gem of a woman. Many ups and downs in her life, but she’s kept a magnificent spirit through it all. What a blessing to call her Mom. I love you, Sweetie! 65 years blessed! @darlene.sexton @mayedarlene

Happy Birthday to this beauty. A gem of a woman. Many ups and downs in her life, but she’s kept a magnificent spirit through it all. What a blessing to call her Mom. I love you, Sweetie! 65 years blessed! @darlene.sexton @mayedarlene

26,235 0 19 May, 2019
Compton meets Town & Country. Thanks to the good folks at the magazine for putting their spotlight on WHEN THEY SEE US and social justice cinema. Beautiful article by @alexb718 accompanies the lovely images by @gigilaub. Thanks to @jasonbolden + @johnmumblo for the styling, @ernestocasillas for the fancy face, @drkariwill for loving my locs and @ibrowsbyeb for the brow love. Link to the article in bio. WHEN THEY SEE US. Netflix. May 31.

Compton meets Town & Country. Thanks to the good folks at the magazine for putting their spotlight on WHEN THEY SEE US and social justice cinema. Beautiful article by @alexb718 accompanies the lovely images by @gigilaub. Thanks to @jasonbolden + @johnmumblo for the styling, @ernestocasillas for the fancy face, @drkariwill for loving my locs and @ibrowsbyeb for the brow love. Link to the article in bio. WHEN THEY SEE US. Netflix. May 31.

34,729 0 8 May, 2019
The most meaningful award I’ve ever received. Ever. Extremely proud to stand with five of my heroes tonight. To be presented with an award from @InnocenceProject by the men known as The Central Park Five meant everything to me. I respect these men. I love these men like brothers. I’m so honored to tell their story. A story of survival. And of triumph. WHEN THEY SEE US. 5/31. Netflix.

The most meaningful award I’ve ever received. Ever. Extremely proud to stand with five of my heroes tonight. To be presented with an award from @InnocenceProject by the men known as The Central Park Five meant everything to me. I respect these men. I love these men like brothers. I’m so honored to tell their story. A story of survival. And of triumph. WHEN THEY SEE US. 5/31. Netflix.

42,800 0 8 May, 2019
First Met Gala. A collision of the fashion, music, film + sports worlds. Glad I went. Thanks to @Prada for giving me just a bit of exaggeration. This is about as far as I can go. But I enjoyed watching others push their own limits. That’s what creativity is about. Much love to @JasonBolden and @StarBurleigh for styling me down to the shoe buckle, @AdamBurrell for painting my face like artwork and @DrKariWill for creating a loc extravaganza to accentuate how beautiful our natural hair can be. Fun night. 💚💕

First Met Gala. A collision of the fashion, music, film + sports worlds. Glad I went. Thanks to @Prada for giving me just a bit of exaggeration. This is about as far as I can go. But I enjoyed watching others push their own limits. That’s what creativity is about. Much love to @JasonBolden and @StarBurleigh for styling me down to the shoe buckle, @AdamBurrell for painting my face like artwork and @DrKariWill for creating a loc extravaganza to accentuate how beautiful our natural hair can be. Fun night. 💚💕

61,662 0 7 May, 2019
Press tour for @WhenTheySeeUs begins today. Eager to share the true story of the Central Park Five! Thanks to @JasonBolden @StarBurleigh @PorscheFabulous and @Best_Loctician for taking me from post-production drab to actually being presentable in public without my Mom asking if I’m getting enough sleep. I look awake and refreshed! Appreciate the illusion! Also... I love skirts with pockets. I mean, why make them any other way? Right? Thanks, @MaraHoffman. ✌🏾

Press tour for @WhenTheySeeUs begins today. Eager to share the true story of the Central Park Five! Thanks to @JasonBolden @StarBurleigh @PorscheFabulous and @Best_Loctician for taking me from post-production drab to actually being presentable in public without my Mom asking if I’m getting enough sleep. I look awake and refreshed! Appreciate the illusion! Also... I love skirts with pockets. I mean, why make them any other way? Right? Thanks, @MaraHoffman. ✌🏾

39,609 0 3 May, 2019
On this day thirty years ago, Trump bought $85,000 worth of ads in all major NYC papers calling for the execution of the boys known as The Central Park 5 - before their trial. Today, we replace his hateful ad with another image. They were innocent. And the system failed them. #WhenTheySeeUs

On this day thirty years ago, Trump bought $85,000 worth of ads in all major NYC papers calling for the execution of the boys known as The Central Park 5 - before their trial. Today, we replace his hateful ad with another image. They were innocent. And the system failed them. #WhenTheySeeUs

164,661 0 1 May, 2019
There aren’t many of us out here doing this. It’s a small tribe in the grand scheme of things. He was a giant among us. Kind. Committed. And immensely talented. His films broke ground. His films mattered. He will be missed. And long remembered. Thank you, John. #RunIntoHisArms

There aren’t many of us out here doing this. It’s a small tribe in the grand scheme of things. He was a giant among us. Kind. Committed. And immensely talented. His films broke ground. His films mattered. He will be missed. And long remembered. Thank you, John. #RunIntoHisArms

62,121 0 29 April, 2019
Please help me wish this little boy a happy 30th birthday. Contrary to popular belief at the time, he did not go onto become a Pinocchio officianado. He did grow up to love his family and friends fiercely, to be a hard worker at whatever he does, to be a magnet for all sorts of people through his charisma and genuine care for others, and to be someone of whom I am incredibly proud. Dearest @nicholas_maye, May your 30th year of this mysterious, majestic experience called Life bring you beauty and bravery and every good thing in between. I love you, little brother. Happy birthday! Always, Avy

Please help me wish this little boy a happy 30th birthday. Contrary to popular belief at the time, he did not go onto become a Pinocchio officianado. He did grow up to love his family and friends fiercely, to be a hard worker at whatever he does, to be a magnet for all sorts of people through his charisma and genuine care for others, and to be someone of whom I am incredibly proud. Dearest @nicholas_maye, May your 30th year of this mysterious, majestic experience called Life bring you beauty and bravery and every good thing in between. I love you, little brother. Happy birthday! Always, Avy

29,859 0 29 April, 2019
On this exact day 30 years ago, a woman was raped in Central Park. Five black + brown boys were framed for her rape. The story you know is the lie that police, prosecutors and Donald Trump told you. WHEN THEY SEE US is the story of the boys from their eyes and their hearts. May 31 on @Netflix. (Full trailer in bio)

On this exact day 30 years ago, a woman was raped in Central Park. Five black + brown boys were framed for her rape. The story you know is the lie that police, prosecutors and Donald Trump told you. WHEN THEY SEE US is the story of the boys from their eyes and their hearts. May 31 on @Netflix. (Full trailer in bio)

66,443 0 19 April, 2019
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39,331 0 1 April, 2019
I am so proud to distribute this film. Feast your eyes on THE BURIAL OF KOJO, a sumptuous gem directed by @BlitzAmbassador. This beauty premieres on @Netflix today. Enjoy from all of us at @ARRAYNow!

I am so proud to distribute this film. Feast your eyes on THE BURIAL OF KOJO, a sumptuous gem directed by @BlitzAmbassador. This beauty premieres on @Netflix today. Enjoy from all of us at @ARRAYNow!

4,291 0 31 March, 2019