A Thank You Letter to Ava DuVernay | Ola Ojewumi

February 23, 2015 9:49 PM

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A Thank You Letter to Ava DuVernay | Ola Ojewumi

Yesterday, millions tuned in to watch the 87th Academy Awards. This star-studded event featured Hollywood's most glamorous celebrating the art of motion picture filmmaking. For many, the Oscars epitomize the height of theatrical success through acting's highest honors. As the stars walked down the red carpet, many could not help but notice the lack of diversity which was mentioned by host Neil Patrick Harris. This is most exemplified in the lack of wins for the critically acclaimed film Selma.

I left the theater awestruck by the performance of David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and captivated by Ava DuVernay's directorial vision. Along with many moviegoers, I cried while watching the blood, sweat and tears shed for us to have the rights denied to generations that came before us.

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