Who is?

  • Ava Marie Duvernay
  • LBC, California (born)
  • Lynwood/Compton, California
  • August 24 – 72
  • UCLA – English and African American studies


  • Journalism
  • Intern CBS news – covered OJ Simpson trial – 10 interns
  • Fell out of love with Journalism moved to PR – small PR company as a junior publicist / Later created The DuVernay Agency
  • Publicist rub shoulders with Steven Spielberg/Clint Eastwood and became interested in becoming a director
  • Wrote first script in 2003
  • 2006 – First short film
  • 2007 – First Doc / 2008 – This is the Life – history of LA’s good life cafe art movement
  • Work for hire Doc – VH1/MTV/BET
  • 2010/2011 – first narrative feature film – I Will Follow – Sally Richardson-Whitifield -Pan African Film Festival/ Chicago International film festival

Middle of nowhere

  • 2011 summer – Middle of nowhere – 2012 Sundance Film Festival (AFFRM & Participant media)
  • Ruby incarcerated husband
  • First collaboration David Oyelowo
  • First AA woman to win the best director award
  • 2013 – ESPN – Venus Vs.
  • 2015 – Consideration to write/direct Black Panther film. Decided not to
  • DuVernay was commissioned by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture to create a film for the museum & opening. – August 28: A Day In The Life Of A People – story of AA events that occurred on that day e.g.murder of Emmett Till, Dr. MLK – I Have A Dream speech
  • August 28 – The 22-minute film w/ Lupita Nyong, Don Cheadle, Regina King, David Oyelowo, Angela Bassett, Michael Ealy, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Andre Holland and Glynn Turnman.



  • Selma – 20M budget – MLK and Lyndon B – Selma to Montgomery march – inspired by childhood of father near Selma
  • Dec 25 14 – Critical acclaim most positive review / uncredited rewrites – Paul Webb
  • Criticism – inaccuracy historians/media sources – agenda driven
  • Her response – “not a documentary. I’m not a historian. I’m a storyteller
  • Oscar nom – Best picture/Best original song not best director – glory won
  • Didn’t expect nom sad Oyelowo was omitted from noms – Oscars so white

13 th

  • July 2016 announced surprise documentary NYFF
  • Netflix/Ava never spoken about it
  • Race/US criminal justice system based around the 13 th amendment “abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime”
  • Had Angel Davis/ Cory Booker
  • October 2016 – Netflix
  • 97% Rotten tomatoes – 69 reviews
  • the film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Oscars
  • the first black woman to be nominated as a director by the academy in a feature category

Queen Sugar

  • UCLA alumni Nathalie Baszile wrote original book – 2014
  • OWN Network – Oprah
  • The series follows the life of three siblings: two sisters, Nova Bordelon (played by Rutina Wesley), journalist and activist from New Orleans, and Charley Bordelon (Dawn- Lyen Gardner), PR agency, married with teenaged son Micah, Los Angeles, and their brother Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe), a single father – previously incarcerated unemployed w/ absent former drug addict mother of his child.

A wrinkle in time

  • A Wrinkle in Time is a science fantasy novel written by American writer Madeleine L’Engle
  • Jennifer Lee – writer – frozen/ wreck it ralph/ zootopia
  • A Wrinkle in Time began filming in November 2016, making DuVernay the first black woman to direct a live-action film with a budget of over $100 million

Podcast Trial Feedback


Improvements needed to made

  • Too long – even though most podcasts you’ve listened to are 1hr is it too long for my podcast ? 30-40 mins instead ?
  • Too many spoilers – You’ve told too much of the plotline of insecure
  • Focus – In talking about Insecure you kind of got talking about other characters in the show despite the episode being about Issa

Medium Change

Today i went with Kayon to the recording studio to help her do a trial run for her news podcast.

Sophie gave us some guidance on how to use the audition software and the soundboard. I think I’m going to turn my magazine into a website and include a podcast on the women instead as I haven’t got enough knowledge of how to use Illustrator and I’m still struggling even though I’ve been watching Lynda tutorials.

I had originally had podcast listed as  a possibility for my FMP so I think I am going to retain the same idea from my original FMP but in website and podcast form.

ISSA Notes – Podcast

Who is?

  • Jo-Issa Rae Diop
  • Senegalese-American
  • Alma Mater – Stanford
  • Jan 12 th – Bday
  • LA born
  • Dad – Senegalese – Pediatric doctor (Inglewood)
  • Mum – African American /Louisiana – Teacher
  • Parents met in school in France
  • Parents divorced
  • 4 Siblings
  • Born LA – moved Senegal – Moved back to LA


  • Stanford – met Tracy Oliver – created Dorm Diaries / 2011 Awkward Black Girl
  • NY Film Aca – Buis/Law – Success ABG – Abandoned the idea of Buis/Law school
  • Misadventures ABG – NYT Best Seller – Feb 2015
  • Met Larry Wilmore proposed Insecure
  • 2013 – Working on Insecure
  • 2015 – Pilot
  • 2016- Greenlit series – Elle mag -“I draw inspiration from where I’m most uncomfortable and out of place and find the humour in that.
  • Next – 1 st movie – Variety Issa Rae Joins Bill Hader in Drama-Comedy ‘Empress of Serenity’ – Movie about a man whose elaborate plan to win back his ex-wife is upended when he is guilted into a month-long mega-cruise with his widowed father. Rae plays a reclusive kindred spirit in the cabin next door who becomes both the aid and the obstacle in his plan.

Comparing Presentation in Magazines

Looking at the representation of Director and Writer Ava DuVernay, Actress Tracee Ellis Ross and Producer, writer and actress Issa Rae in Glamour, Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire vs Essence

I’m gonna look at articles were there name is just mentioned, articles were they are mentioned in a group of individuals but still specifically discussed and articles only about them. Using the advance search “site:www.website.com search term” e.g. “site:www.marieclaire.co.uk Ava Duvernay”

AVA Glamour Cosmo Marie Claire Essence
Mentioned In Article 3 4 3
Article About Them With Others 2 0 1
Articles About Them solely 0 0 0

After doing the three mainstream magazines I realized I had to change the table as there was only one search page from for Ava but 10 for Ava and It would take me forever to go through all the content for all three women. So I’ve decided to look at how many google search pages there are for each woman for each of the given magazine sites – inc both US/UK all three women are from the US so it makes sense to look at how they presented in the US also even though I’m looking from a UK POV.

AVA Glamour US Glamour UK Cosmo US Cosmo UK Marie Claire US Marie Claire UK Essence
Google search results 53 13 53 4 11 8 2160
ISSA Glamour US Glamour UK Cosmo US Cosmo UK Marie Claire US Marie Claire UK Essence
Google search results 64 4 21 1 7 1 1810


TRACEE Glamour US Glamour UK Cosmo US Cosmo UK Marie Claire US Marie Claire UK Essence
Google search results 244 23 30 4 25 7 3220


Researching – Issa R (Best Known)

Links Referring to ABG





Links Referring to Insecure


Issa Rae Comedy ‘Insecure’ Gets HBO Series Order




‘Westworld’, ‘Divorce’ & ‘Insecure’ Renewed For Season 2 By HBO

Link referring to next project

Issa Rae Joins Bill Hader In ‘Empress Of Serenity’

My Question

Is it still necessary to have media outlets specialized for different intersections of women in society as we move towards an era of more inclusive media ?

My plan is to research different media outlets that are directed at more narrow intersections of society e.g. Latina magazine and Essence and see if they are still necessary to have these type of outlets now that individuals who were normally only portrayed in those outlets are now shown more in more mainstream popular outlets.

The aim of my website is to look at one intersection of women – black women and especially those who have achieved great feats in the last 3 years and make a platform specialised to them and compare how many times they appear in my specialised platform and other specialised platforms and how that compares to their presence on larger more popular platforms.


I’ve chosen to look at women’s entertainment magazines Glamour and Marie Claire to compare to Essence  which are magazines made specifically with black women in mind.