Ava DuVernay On Trump's America: 'Art Will Be Our Weapon

Ava DuVernay On Trump’s America: ‘Art Will Be Our Weapon’

The filmmaker talks diversity and the power of art in ESSENCE.

02/15/2017 01:18 pm ET
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Ava DuVernay has landed her first solo cover of ESSENCE magazine, and she’s opening up about what it means to be a successful black woman director in the current social landscape. 

The filmmaker, who grace has enjoyed a stellar year with her critically acclaimed documentary “13th” and her OWN television drama, “Queen Sugar.” Her next feature film, “A Wrinkle In Time,” based on the novel of the 1963 same name, is set to premiere in April 2018. 

In a behind-the-scenes video for the new March 2017 issue, DuVernay, who hired an all-women lineup of directors for “Queen Sugar,” talked about the importance of creating new opportunities in the entertainment industry for others like her.

“I know so many amazing artists that it just is wrong that only a few of us might be singled out,” DuVernay said. “Whenever I get an opportunity I’m trying to amplify those other people because it’s no fun being at a party by yourself.”

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Queening on the cover of ESSENCE.

In response to the new crop of stellar black movies and TV shows that have come out in the last several years (including “Atlanta,” “Insecure,” and “Moonlight,”), DuVernay said that there is still work to do to make sure it’s not a trend, but change. 

“We’re not there yet. It remains to be seen,” the filmmaker explained.

“So in the meantime, we need to do the work. And I think the work is even more important now in this era. It’s going to be important for artists of all kinds who are forward thinking ― particularly women, and particularly people of color, and particularly black people... Art will be our weapon.” 

DuVernay’s full interview in ESSENCE will hit newsstands

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Maybe at least one (1) Black person gets it, or understands [hopefully] that you have to fight fire with fire, that "Art" is exactly what has been the weapon of choice used against African Americans [and the entire Black race], in the most recent decades.  

Sadly though, most Black people don't understand, or don't want to accept, or acknowledge, the fact that most what has been called "Art", has really only been PROPAGANDA being churned out to 'condition' the Black psyche, and/or work against Black achievement and the image Black race.

Yeah right, the first scene in the first episode, the very first moments of Queen Sugar the main Character Nova is a whoring bed wench, fucking a gaddam married white cop. LOL If she thinks that is a weapon then she a fukkin COON! 

That was some serious cooning by Ava DuVernay.

I had to turn that shit off, how in the fuck you have your main character fucking a gaddam white married cop? I lost respect for the main character and turned that shit off and never returned. 

Momentum posted:

Yeah right, the first scene in the first episode, the very first moments of Queen Sugar the main Character Nova is a whoring bed wench, fucking a gaddam married white cop. LOL If she thinks that is a weapon then she a fukkin COON! 

That was some serious cooning by Ava DuVernay.

I had to turn that shit off, how in the fuck you have your main character fucking a gaddam white married cop? I lost respect for the main character and turned that shit off and never returned. 

 

I've never seen any of her work, so maybe I spoke too soon, or should have at least researched her work and the type of messages she's putting out there.

Damn.

But, you're right, I think she may have a place in coon file.  I mean, all of the fasinating stories that are the lives of Black people, Black achievement against ALL odds, the Black struggle, THE BLACK HOLOCAUST, fasinating and great African history and creation, and the political climate that is a bigger threat to Black people than most Black people realize or want to admit, and that's all she could come up with  .  .  .

sunnubian posted:
Momentum posted:

Yeah right, the first scene in the first episode, the very first moments of Queen Sugar the main Character Nova is a whoring bed wench, fucking a gaddam married white cop. LOL If she thinks that is a weapon then she a fukkin COON! 

That was some serious cooning by Ava DuVernay.

I had to turn that shit off, how in the fuck you have your main character fucking a gaddam white married cop? I lost respect for the main character and turned that shit off and never returned. 

 

I've never seen any of her work, so maybe I spoke too soon, or should have at least researched her work and the type of messages she's putting out there.

Damn.

But, you're right, I think she may have a place in coon file.  I mean, all of the fasinating stories that are the lives of Black people, Black achievement against ALL odds, the Black struggle, THE BLACK HOLOCAUST, fasinating and great African history and creation, and the political climate that is a bigger threat to Black people than most Black people realize or want to admit, and that's all she could come up with  .  .  .

Queen Sugar has a strong following, I have 2 friends really like the show but both of these guys are married to white women. The actress that plays the main character Nova is a big time swirler Rutina Wesley only dated white men, she exclusively dated white men then married one. 

So I'm thinking Queen Sugar is a show for coons?

Momentum posted:
sunnubian posted:
Momentum posted:

Yeah right, the first scene in the first episode, the very first moments of Queen Sugar the main Character Nova is a whoring bed wench, fucking a gaddam married white cop. LOL If she thinks that is a weapon then she a fukkin COON! 

That was some serious cooning by Ava DuVernay.

I had to turn that shit off, how in the fuck you have your main character fucking a gaddam white married cop? I lost respect for the main character and turned that shit off and never returned. 

 

I've never seen any of her work, so maybe I spoke too soon, or should have at least researched her work and the type of messages she's putting out there.

Damn.

But, you're right, I think she may have a place in coon file.  I mean, all of the fasinating stories that are the lives of Black people, Black achievement against ALL odds, the Black struggle, THE BLACK HOLOCAUST, fasinating and great African history and creation, and the political climate that is a bigger threat to Black people than most Black people realize or want to admit, and that's all she could come up with  .  .  .

Queen Sugar has a strong following, I have 2 friends really like the show but both of these guys are married to white women. The actress that plays the main character Nova is a big time swirler Rutina Wesley only dated white men, she exclusively dated white men then married one. 

So I'm thinking Queen Sugar is a show for coons?

Maybe it is.  I was turned off by Queen Sugar as another soap opera.  Coon radar's on. I can’t say it’s a coon production without watching the whole thing. I'm not going to. Maybe I will now.

Art cuts through brainwashing. It’s supposed to wake people up. “Selma” wasn’t perfect.  AAs were not portrayed by Duvernay as coons in Selma which got snubbed by the Oscars.  

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