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Ava DuVernay’s Visionary Filmmaking Is Reshaping Hollywood

Her eye for American history puts her in the vanguard. Her passion for justice makes her a hero

By Jesmyn Ward

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Ava Duvernay makes art that looks squarely at society and takes it to task. “Mass incarceration is important to me. The fracturing of the black family structure is important to me. The trauma of history on the black family unit is really important to me,” she says. She makes films because she wants to foster beauty in the world, because she wants to stir strong emotion in her viewers, but her art is also a weapon, which she wields carefully and lovingly because she believes in “fighting for justice, fighting for good.” This is why she can bring Martin Luther King Jr. (Selma) and Nova, Charley and Ralph Angel Bordelon (“Queen Sugar”) to life, make them so real and multi­dimensional that viewers care for them even as they rail against a world intent on cowing them. In the end, DuVernay is taking the things important to her—“representations of family, representations of black womanhood, representations of good over evil”—and crafting stories of fallible people we love. Read More

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Drake Tries Sports Reporting At Toronto Raptors Game, Critics Mixed About His Journalism Skills

Yes, of course there were memes.

By: Blavity Team

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Drake has shown himself to be more than just an actor or hip-hop artist, but a personality as well. Further, he’s definitely proven that he is someone that can make fun of himself.

 

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Prince’s Personal Photographer Releases Some Never Before Seen Pictures of the Artist in His New Book

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Prince’s personal photographer Afshin Shahidi has just released a new book titled Prince: A Private View. Shahidi shares over 250 photos of Prince that spans his work with him over a 10 year period. “Over the course of those 10 years when I worked my way up from a crew member to a cinematographer, Prince gave me those opportunities. And I came through, so that gave him the confidence to say, ‘Huh, I don’t know if you’re a photographer, but let’s see if we can make you a photographer,’ ” Shahidi says in his interview with NPR. Prince: A Private View can be purchased at Amazon, iBooks and most bookstores. To read more about this story read here

Zaytoven Wants to Help Lil Pump, Others “Last as Long as They Can”

“I love the new flavor that they bring to the game.”

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For the past decade-plus, Zaytoven has been synonymous with Gucci Mane (and more recently, Future and Migos), but over the next few years, that might very well change. Read More

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T-Pain Blames Himself for Having to Sue Cash Money Over Unpaid Royalties

Everybody “Got Money” except for Teddy.

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Earlier this month, T-Pain‘s company, Nappy Boy Productions, filed a lawsuit against Lil Wayne and Cash Money for unpaid royalties in the amount of $500,000, but in a new interview on The Breakfast Club, the artist says that the person most responsible for his current situation is actually himself. Read More

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Post Malone Flushes Today’s Rap Game: “Right Now There’s Not A Lot Of People Talking About Real S**T”

By: Biz Jones

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Texas rapper Post Malone isn’t convinced the rap game is dropping real knowledge or message-driven content in 2017. The hip-hop newcomer recently talked about the current state of the genre. Read More

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Jennifer Lopez Shares New Track ‘Amor, Amor, Amor’

All you need is love.

By: Robyn Collins

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Photo: Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images

Jennifer Lopez has released the second single from her upcoming Spanish-language album, Por Primera Vez, “Amor, Amor, Amor,” which features Puerto Rican superstar Wisin. Read More

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Andre 3000 Talks Battling Social Anxiety, Outkast and Death Of His Parents

“I don’t know if it’s the shock of all kinds of people coming up to you or the expectations, but I got to this place where it was hard for me to be in public without feeling watched or really nervous..”

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Looks like we finally have a reason why Outkast’s Andre 3000 doesn’t seem like he wants to make music anymore.

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