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Ava DuVernay  "everything you want is on the other side of fear." - angela davis

Posted this on Facebook three years ago today. The first week of shooting SELMA. Doesn't feel like just three years. On this day, I never dreamed there would be a QUEEN SUGAR, or 13TH, or WRINKLE IN TIME. Just focus on the current moment with all you've got. And let your dreams unfold as they will, nourished by your best intentions. Who knows what your next three years will bring? xo

Compton in these New York streets last night. Such fun. But take a closer look. This woman is the true Oracle. A wise one. A real one. Every time I see her it goes like this: After she reviews what I'm wearing and assesses me positively despite what I REALLY look like, she proceeds to teach and care and guide about whatever requires her golden touch. From home decor to relationships to everything in between, she always has a DAMN GOOD word of advice while making me laugh so hard I can't breathe. That's a friend. A great one. Love and respect to my @NiecyNash1. #compton #cali #queens #theoracle

When I was a girl, I wanted to be a journalist. So to be on the Peabody Award stage tonight is a beautiful full circle moment. My heartfelt thanks to the #Peabody jury for your recognition of @13thfilm. Beyond honored. Grateful to the stellar crew and social analysts who helped craft the film and its message. Much love to @lupitanyongo who came from far away to present me with this honor. A gem. Nights like this are more fun with help from @jasonbolden @porschefabulous #marleneforde and @ongellfereria. And finally thanks to my date, my little brother @nicholas_maye. You've made this cool night shine even brighter in my memory. Love you, sir. xo

Happy Birthday to my sweetheart, my Mom Darlene Maye. As I've grown, my appreciation for her has evolved from a girl in awe of her mother to a complex woman who loves another complex woman. What a beautiful gift, what an experience. I salute you today, Ma. And pray that you truly enjoy your new year of life. Love you so! ReRe

Thanks to @hollywoodreporter for including me in the upcoming showrunners issue. Proud to represent for QUEEN SUGAR on Oprah's @OWNTV. Because Queens. 👑

Dear Mom, As you read this on my phone, I wish you a Happy Mother's Day. My life came from your love. Literally. No words can do justice to all you've given me, done for me, taught me. I am your breath. You are my blessing. Thank you, Momma. Love you more and most and always. Avy

The lovely photographer @kwakualston just sent me this long-lost image from our @Essence cover photo shoot earlier this year. One of the best shoots I've ever had because of Kwaku, plus the dynamic trio of @jasonbolden @vernonfrancois and @porschefabulous. And because @essence! Thankful! xo

Thanks to the great @IssaRae and her beautiful audience at "A Sip." Loved the energy and the enthusiasm of the questions. Onward for all of us! xo

Best awards show I've ever been to hands-down. So many different kinds of people doing great things in different fields. I met the state attorney general who sued to stop the Muslim Ban. I met the first American woman to compete in the Olympics in her hijab. I met the national co-chairs of the historic Women's March. I met our American hero, athlete and activist Colin Kaepernick. I met a founder of Syria's White Helmets. I mean, you get the picture. Absolutely a blessing to be included in this group. Big thanks and much love to @jasonbolden @ongellfereria @porschefabulous #marleneford for fixing me up and my 13TH exec producer Ben Cotner for rolling with me. Epic night. #TIME100

All my thanks to the Queen and my favorite champion @VenusWilliams for writing about me. And my gratitude to @TIME. A true thrill to be named alongside so many of my heroes on the #TIME100. xo

Like Kendrick said: "I don't do it for the 'Gram. I do it for Compton."

Dreams come to life. xo

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