DuVernay Speaks At UCLA


Graduates of the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Televisionwere in for a serious treat this week as they crossed the stage. Gracing the same stage wasfilmmaker, film distributor anddirectorAva DuVernay, as their commencement speaker.


DuVernay entered the film industry as an African American woman, ready to dominate. She pushed off from directing and unbottling the life story of the late Civil Rights Leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma (2015). After Selma came so much more from the California native. In 2016, she created 13th, a Netflix documentary. In the same year,she released Queen Sugar, a TV drama series on OWN.

Here’s something for motivation and inspiration…DuVernay didn’t go to film school.


In just three years…THREE YEARS, Ava left her pen mark in film, along with gaining multiple film nominations, Academy, Golden Globe and NAACP Image Awards.

Via IG, while posting a memory of directing Selma, Ava shares words for the next dreamer,

“Just focus on the current moment you’ve got. And let your dreams unfold as they will, nourished by your best intentions.Who knows what your next three years will bring? xo

Congrats UCLA Film Class of 2017! Now, what will your next three years bring?

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