ava-duvernay-black-panther-director-compressed-compressed-1505137407
Getty Images

Ava DuVernay's '13th' Receives Accolades At Creative Arts Emmy Showcase

The Selma director took home the award for Outstanding Documentary or Non-Fiction Special.

Around this time last year, Ava DuVernay's riveting documentary, 13th, stopped everyone in their tracks at the New York Film Festival. Once it hit Netflix, the masses agreed with critics at the annual cinematic event that DuVernay's latest reel would ignite our response to the perils of mass incarceration and the black and brown bodies that are targeted to fill these overcrowded penitentiaries.

For the California native's stellar work, the Creative Arts Emmy event bestowed four trophies upon her film. According to Deadline, the Selma director took home the award for Outstanding Documentary or Non-Fiction Special.

While accepting the award, the celebrated filmmaker called upon the audience to keep in memory the families that have been torn apart by the criminal justice system. "I want to thank, and think about tonight the hundreds of thousands of families who are waiting for their loved ones to come home," she said, per Deadline. "Mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, who don't know where their loved one is. Unsung heroes of a struggle that has not a lot to do with them, but has a lot to do with how they live each day."

13th also looks at the billion dollar profit that's being spewed out of the prison-industrial sector and prisoners being used as a form of cheap labor. The documentary was also nominated at the 89th Academy Awards for Best Documentary Feature.

In an interview with HOT 97, DuVernay touched upon the process of creating 13th and the importance of practicing self-care in the black community.

 

From the Web

More on Vibe

WFLA.com

Florida Grandmother Incensed After Six Year Old Granddaughter Was Arrested For A Tantrum

A 6-year-old was arrested, fingerprinted and had her mug shot taken by Florida police for reportedly throwing a tantrum at her elementary school last week.

According to reports, Meralyn Kirkland learned her granddaughter Kaia was brought to the juvenile detention center in Orlando, Florida after she had an outburst.

“What do you mean she was arrested," Kirkland recalled. "He said ‘there was an incident and she kicked somebody and she is being charged and she is on her way,' ” Kirkland explained to local news outlets.

After explaining to the officer that Kaia has sleep apnea, Kirkland says the cop showed no concern.

“She has a medical condition that we are working on getting resolved and he says, ‘what medical condition?' she has a sleep disorder, sleep apnea,’ and he says, ‘well I have sleep apnea and I don’t behave like that.”

Kirkland couldn't believe what was happening and couldn't believe a child had been arrested.

“They told us we had to wait a few minutes because Kaia was being fingerprinted, and when she said fingerprinted it hit me like a ton of bricks,” Kirkland said.

“No six year old child should be able to tell somebody that they had handcuffs on them and they were riding in the back of a police car and taken to a juvenile center to be fingerprinted, mug shot”

Kaia is back at home.

Continue Reading
Getty Images

Texas Man Divorces Wife Without Her Knowing By Forging Paperwork

A Texas man wanted out of his marriage and instead of going through divorce proceedings, he faked his wife's signature on paperwork in turn ending their union without her knowledge.

The New York Daily News reports Paul Nixon submitted forged documents and false information to a Houston district court. Nixon also reportedly committed perjury when testifying in court during a divorce hearing. The divorce has been tabled due to the perjury and fraudulent documents.

The constable’s office started the investigation after Mrs. Nixon informed officials of the divorce that occurred without her knowledge.

Harris County Constable Mark Herman spoke with a local news outlet and said that a search for Mr. Nixon is underway as he is now wanted for aggravated perjury.

“We have teams out looking for him right now, I can tell you,” he told the station. “And we have an idea where he’s at. So hopefully, he’ll turn himself in. If not, we’ll catch him. Just a matter of time.”

Continue Reading
Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Candace Owens Says White Nationalism Doesn't Affect Black Americans And Minorities

Candace Owens has raised eyebrows again, this time for alleging that white supremacy isn't an issue affecting black Americans.

The 30-year-old conservative commentator spoke to members of the House Oversight Joint Subcommittee hearing this weekend and said that of the 100 issues affecting the black community in the country, white nationalism isn't one of them.

"Based on the hierarchy of what’s impacting minority Americans, if I had to make a list of 100 things, white nationalism would not make the list," Owens said Friday.“White supremacy and white nationalism is not a problem that is harming Black America."

Owens butted heads with assistant University of Chicago professor Dr. Kathleen Belew who was brought on by the Democrats to speak to the growing crimes committed by white nationalists against black citizens.

“To me, this feels a lot like your reaction to being named in one of these manifestos," Belew told Owens. "Now, you’re of course not responsible for the words of someone writing that document, but I do think laughing at it is a real problem.”

Owens vehemently refuted Below's allegation.

"The audacity of you to bring up the Christchurch shooting manifesto and make it seem as if I laughed at people that were slaughtered by a homicidal maniac is in my opinion absolutely despicable," she said speaking in regards to her name being mentioned in a shooter's anti-Muslim manifesto and the criticism that followed when she tweeted "LOL."

 

Continue Reading

Top Stories