directher Happy #CollegeSigningDay to all the young folks who are able to continue their education. Special shout-out to those attending my alma mater, UCLA. Go, Bruins! And love to all those getting their education on the job, out in the world, from the grand School of Life. Just as valuable and worthwhile. Onward. xo 1d

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directher Freedom fighter. At 35, Marilyn Mosby is the youngest top prosecutor of any major American city. Onward. #BlackWomanMagic #FreddieGray #BlackSpring 2d

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directher My youngest brother Nic and I are 16 years apart. For a long time, we had nothing in common except family. He was fiesty and opinionated from the start. He'd climb on counters and run and jump and was just, well, a little boy. I was in my late teens and out of the house and not paying attention to anything other than myself. But time is a lovely trip. We've gotten to know each other as adults and I'm so blessed by that. And by him. All my love to you @silkthestoopkid on your 26th birthday. Drink in this beautiful life and savor it all. Your big sister. Avy. xo 4d

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directher "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." - Baldwin. 5d

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directher I'm in the long line to get into the #WHCD ballroom last night when a sister staffer approaches me and asks if I knew I was on the list for a photograph. "Oh, I just took a few back there on the red carpet. Thanks, sis." She shakes her head no, politely. "No, Ms. DuVernay. You're on the list for a photograph with the President." I blink several times, then like a dork, "Um... The President?" "Yes, the President and the First Lady." Deer in headlights. Not sure how many seconds are passing with me just staring at her. Finally, she saves me. "Ma'am, would you like to follow me to the photo area?" Clears throat. Straightens shoulders and fakes cool. "Yes. Yes, I would." And that's the clumsy story of my photograph with this elegant couple. #potus #flotus #awkwardblackgirl 6d

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directher White House Correspondent's Dinner last night. My first dreams were of being a journalist so I've long watched the affair on CSPAN. It was a little surreal being around so many journalists though and not having Nepal or Baltimore come up in dinner convos or red carpet exchanges. Interesting. Sending thanks to @thomsonreuters for the unexpected invitation, @jamesknox for the threads and the fab local makeup and hair artists pictured here, @beautynthebride + @noireboss1, for sprucing me up. Thanks, sisters. xo 7d

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directher I always played Barbies w/ my sisters Jina + Tera. For hours making stories + scenarios. So this is special. Thanks, @Mattel, for creating a doll that my sisters and I would have loved back then. Pretty cool. 1w

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directher Last night, SELMA screened at the United Nations to a standing ovation. Robust discussion afterward with diplomats and students. Then I had the honor of announcing that every high school in America will receive a free copy of SELMA. I swear, that was a better feeling than any red carpet. Onward. #selmaforstudents 1w

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directher Incredible evening last night at Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Center! Talking about art and history and legacy and the gaze of women filmmakers on resistance movements with Meryl Streep (what!), Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Jon Stewart was a total delight. And best of all, the audience was beautiful. Thanks to Tina Brown and her team for inviting me. One to remember. xo 1w

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directher Can I kick it? Yes, we did! LOL. Such a fun afternoon! Thanks to @janetribeca and all the wonderful folks at #tribecafilmfestival for having me. And massive thanks to @qtiptheabstract for being the coolest moderator with excellent questions and a positive vibe. And supreme thanks to that audience! Wow! So warm. So lovely. So appreciated! xo 2w

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directher I'm out and about over the next few days. Supposed to be talking, but would rather be listening. So come on out and join the conversations! Tribeca is about all things film. Women in the World is about furthering and fostering women artmakers. Rutgers is a no-holds barred talk with one of my favorite scholars. The United Nations event will have a special announcement. The Smithsonian is a chat about the complexities of portraying history in art. Open to the public. All details are a Google away. xo 2w

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directher Should be fun. Join us. xo. #TribecaFilmFest15 2w

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directher Not easy to be a lead. Not easy to create a compelling character from scratch. Not easy to be Number One on the call sheet. Not easy to have a series idea resting on your shoulders. But... YOU. DID. THAT! Yes, I'm talking to you, @anikaaroundtheworld! I just locked picture in the edit room and on behalf of the whole cast and crew, thanks for all you gave and all you are. Lovely work, sis. #ForJustice 2w

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directher #TBT. Homecoming. How was this 25 years ago? I mean, damn. Time is a trip, isn't it? 2w

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directher This was a dreamy day. Being photographed for an ESSENCE cover story with the lovely @corimurray of @essencemag. I pitched her my clients for years as a publicist. Who would've ever thought. And shout out to those who worked wonders to get me presentable after I'd just pulled an all-nighter on set. True miracle workers! Thank you, @wilsonricky, @jamesknox and @brooklyn_best_loctician! A good memory. xo! 3w

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directher I hope someone sees this and thinks: "I will live the life I choose." Thanks to Essence. And love to my sistren Mara, Shonda, Issa and Queen Debbie. xo 3w

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directher My loves. I'm the oldest of five. Right after me is Jina, lower right. Then Tera, upper left. The baby is Nic, lower left. And in the middle is Kris, upper right and also the owner of each of our names tattooed on his wrists. Coolest thing I've ever seen - ever. I love you guys to the moon and the sun and back. #NationalSiblingsDay 3w

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directher The power of the camera. Use it. Murder charges for the cold-blooded officer-instigated killing of #WalterScott is ONLY the result of video. Let's keep our cameras ready, be safe and shoot when we see something wrong. Our filming could trigger justice where otherwise there would be none. A thank you to the brave citizen who recorded for Mr. Scott, who was shot at 8 times, denied medical aid, framed by a lie and whose lifeless body was handcuffed upon his death. May he journey onward in peace and power. May we protect and serve each other. 4w

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directher Black Magic Women. xo 4w

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directher It's the anniversary of his assassination today and I've been thinking about him all day. Same day that I'm finally flying home after six long weeks away working. And now I find this on the plane. As they say, I'm feeling some kind of way. #Grateful 4w

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