WATCH: Ava DuVernay’s Powerful NAACP Image Awards Speech

Powerhouse director Ava DuVernay was named entertainer of the year at the 49th NAACP Image Awards, a annual ceremony that celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.

As DuVernay accepted her award, she lauded other black artists from the stage naming writers and directors such as Shonda Rhimes, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Kenya Barris, Lena Waithe, Black Panther’s Ryan Coogler, and more!

“This is our time,” DuVernay said. “We can say we were here when all this gorgeous art was happening, and that we supported it — that we lifted each other up, that we did as Dr. King said we would do: Live the dream. We’re the dream.”

Be inspired and check out the powerful speech above.  Let us know your thoughts!

Click HERE for the entire list of winners.



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