During the 5th annual ARRAY luncheon, the New York Times reports that why Ava Duvernay hates the word ‘diversity.’

“I feel as if diversity a medicinal word that has no emotional resonance, and this is a really emotional issue.  It’s emotional for artists who are women and people of color to have less value placed on our worldview.” – Ava Duvernay

DuVernay believes that the term should be replaced with words like ‘inclusion,’ or even better, ‘belonging.’

“There’s a belonging problem in Hollywood,” she said. “Who dictates who belongs? The very body who dictates that looks all one way.” – Ava Duvernay

Next month Duvernay will be awarded for her activism at the Revolution Awards along with Hill Harper and MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry on Wednesday, February 10th at the SVA Theatre in New York.

The ceremony is titled Cocktails Cinema and Revolution, and attendees will enjoy a live performance as well as screening of the film 1982.  After the screening, attendees will have a chance to speak with the director of the film Tommy Oliver, Hill Harper and image activist Michaela Angela Davis during a Q&A.

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