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Ava DuVernay Guest Edits TIME Magazine’s Optimistic Issue

Ava DuVernay Guest Edits TIME Magazine’s Optimistic Issue

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay is collaborating with TIME magazine as the guest editor of the next Optimist issue -- an annual multimedia project. The magazine is calling on readers to submit one 30-second clip capturing what makes them feel optimistic by November 5th. The inaugural Optimistic issue last year was guest edited by Bill Gates. This is the latest among a number of projects for the Oscar-nominated filmmaker. DuVernay is also is working with Netflix on a multiple-part Princedocumentary that will cover the artist’s entire life. The project has the full cooperation of the late artist’s estate, which is providing with interviews, archival footage, photos, and archive access. DuVernay, who directed the film that opened the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in DC, has also been in production in New York for months on Central Park. The four-part drama about five Harlem teens who were incorrectly convicted, first in the media and then twice in the courts for the 1989 brutal rape of a jogger in the NYC park, is set to launch on Netflix next year. More on her work with TIME magazine here.

Native American Voters in North Dakota Turn ID Law to Their Advantage

Native American Voters in North Dakota Turn ID Law to Their Advantage

Bobby Scott, Maxine Waters, and Mark Takano Have Questions for Betsy DeVos on Changes to the College Scorecard

Bobby Scott, Maxine Waters, and Mark Takano Have Questions for Betsy DeVos on Changes to the College Scorecard