Ava DuVernay Brings Masterful Touch to New Unscripted Series ‘Home Sweet Home’

Ava DuVernay’s work continues to put forward necessary conversations about identity, community, and society, and her newest unscripted series, coming to NBC in October, will again show off her creative genius. Home Sweet Home is equal parts social experiment and cultural exploration, as 18 different families from various backgrounds accept the challenge of exploring a world unlike their own. The series from the Emmy winning and Academy Award-nominated creator will follow two families in each episode who trade spaces to experience life outside their own home.

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Hard NOC Life 210: Godzilla v Kong: Dawn of Box Office

Dominic, Jamal, KeithBritney are back to share their thoughts on the latest episode of Disney+’s The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, commiserate over Warner’s decision to cancel Ava DuVernay’s New Gods, and marvel over the boffo box office of Godzilla vs. Kong.

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Ava DuVernay’s Collection of Work is Necessary Viewing for Students and Educators Alike

Six years ago, I was student teaching in Durham under the graduate MAT program at Duke University and was well on my way to perhaps the most fulfilling, demanding, and emotionally draining career path in my life. I like to think I accidentally ended up at the front of the classroom — senior year of high school saw my required community service hours stack up until I could go nowhere else last minute, aside from my neighborhood mosque. As presumptuous as it was, the imam still agreed to have me on board teaching elementary Arabic.

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Eight ‘Ocean’s’ Film Facts from Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling is a national treasure. She started on TV as a writer for the mega-hit The Office, created her own hit show with The Mindy Project, and has propelled into the Hollywood A-List, voicing characters in Disney films and starting alongside Oprah and Reese Witherspoon in Ava Duvernay’s A Wrinkle In Time. When you look at the breadth of her work across television, films, and her best-selling novels, it’s unsurprising how that she’s been such a wild success. Now she has a bad-girl turn in Ocean’s 8.

Ocean’s 8 is the all-female reboot of the Steven Soderbergh-rendition of Ocean’s 11. Sandra Bullock stars as Debbie Ocean, Danny’s sister and crooked counterpart. She puts together a crack team of criminals to pull off a jewel heist at the Met Gala. Kaling plays Amita, a jeweler who lives in Jackson Heights, Queens. The Nerds of Color got the chance to go to the press conference at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as snagging an interview with Kaling herself. Here are Mindy’s 8 Ocean’s Film Facts:

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Ava DuVernay to Direct ‘New Gods’ for DC

On March 15, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment announced Ava DuVernay will be directing a live action New Gods film, based on Jack Kirby’s fabled Fourth World characters.  Of course all of twitter lit up with the news! To be honest, DuVernay’s involvement in the DC Universe is a sign that Walter Hamada is really looking to turn DC Films around after the disappointing box office of Justice League — which is available on blu-ray now.

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Sweet 16: Top Films of 2016

For the better part of a decade, this has become an annual tradition for yours truly.

From January to December I compile a list of the best, artistic and most progressive films, television shows, and music albums. One of the reasons I do this is to provide resources to readers who are looking for cerebral, fun, and progressive media. It does exist as my lists have continued to prove. Don’t say I never gave you anything. You’re welcome.

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It Was a Dark and Stormy Night…

I will present to you one of the most beautiful sentences in recent memory: Ava DuVernay is directing the film adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. The sentence itself isn’t beautiful, but what it conveys is. We’ve all seen the hype and hoopla around DuVernay being the first black women to helm a $100 million dollar film. While this is an accomplishment worth lauding, DuVernay can make a beautiful film on half a shoestring and great storytelling. She is also the queen of cinematic #BlackGirlMagic. I’ll get to why this is important in a bit.

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Oscars 2015: All White Everything

We try not to stray from the geek-o-sphere too much here at the NOC, but it’s kind of hard to deny that the one pop cultural topic that’s taking up all of the oxygen is the announcement of the 2015 Academy Award nominations, and the near 100% shut out of people of color in all the major categories1. The most egregious of these snubs was the almost complete dismissal of Selma. The Martin Luther King biopic was pretty much a lock for multiple noms for most of awards season but only managed a Best Song and a (token) Best Picture out of the deal. Star David Oyelowo and director Ava DuVernay were left on the outside looking in.

And if you need a direct connection back to the nerd world, Oyelowo provides the voice for the Star Wars: Rebels baddie Agent Kallus and Topless Robot wants DuVernay to direct a Marvel movie (something the director isn’t opposed to, by the way). So there.

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