2017 Essence Festival NOLA
Dedicates One Night of Concerts to Celebrating Women
‘My Path to Strength’ inspired by Festival Headliner Mary J. Blige to Feature All Female Performers
OPRAH ON AVA AS A DIRECTOR: “I saw Ava on the set of Selma, out in 104 degrees, finding knee pads for some of the older women who needed them. She’s walking around handing out knee pads: ‘Ma’am, here. Put this on your knees. Ma’am, I think you should have some water.’ And she’s got a whole thing of waters. She, the director, comes from behind the camera and she’s passing out water…”
Storytelling is personal for trailblazing director Ava DuVernay—whether she’s helming a documentary on mass incarceration, ensuring all Queen Sugar episodes are directed by women or assembling a multicultural cast for the highly anticipated film, A Wrinkle in Time.