His Reaction When He Saw The Best Thing His Daughter Had Ever Created? My Heart Melted.

And this news just made my week.

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay made history not long ago as the first black woman to EVER be nominated for a Golden Globe Award as Best Director of a Motion Picture and Best Motion Picture-Drama, for the new film "Selma."



In an industry that's mostly dominated by white, male filmmakers, this news is undoubtedly groundbreaking. It will open the doors for many more women and directors of color.

In case you haven't heard of the film, it tracks an epic 54-mile civil rights march that was marred with violent opposition, blood, and tears. Led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., it trailed from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. The purpose was to drum up support for the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which gave black people the right to vote*.

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So, getting back to Ava and the records she's currently breaking...

In addition to being the first black female filmmaker to be nominated in the category of Best Director of a Motion Picture, she's now the third black person to be nominated in that category (among Spike Lee, "Do The Right Thing," and Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave") and the fifth woman.

Oh, happy day!

Here's what she had to say about why this rocks, especially because this film was so personal to her. At 1:07, she talks about how her dad reacted when he visited the "Selma" set.

She's so humble, right? If it were me, I might just stare directly into the camera and scream!

The Golden Globes have been around for 71 years, so it's about friggin' time.

*Clarification: While the 15th Amendment in 1870 technically prohibited the restriction of voting rights "on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude," state and local laws effectively denied black people the right to vote until 1965, when the Voting Rights Act was enacted.

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One night in 2018, Sheila and Steve Albers took their two youngest sons out to dinner. Their 17-year-old son, John, was in a crabby mood—not an uncommon occurrence for the teen who struggled with mental health issues—so he stayed home.

A half hour later, Sheila's started getting text messages that John wasn't safe. He had posted messages with suicidal ideations on social media and his friends had called the police to check on him. The Albers immediately raced home.

When they got there, they were met with a surreal scene. Their minivan was in the neighbor's yard across the street. John had been shot in the driver's seat six times by a police officer who had arrived to check on him. The officer had fired two shots as the teen slowly backed the van out of the garage, then 11 more after the van spun around backward. But all the officers told the Albers was that John had "passed" and had been shot. They wouldn't find out until the next day who had shot and killed him.

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In 2019, the Washoe County School District in Reno, Nevada instituted a policy that forbids teachers from participating in "partisan political activities" during school hours. The policy states that "any signage that is displayed on District property that is, or becomes, political in nature must be removed or covered."

The new policy is based on the U.S. Supreme Court's 2018 Janus decision that limits public employees' First Amendment protections for speech while performing their official duties.

This new policy caused a bit of confusion with Jennifer Leja, a 7th and 8th-grade teacher in the district. She wondered if, as a bisexual woman, the new policy forbids her from discussing her sexuality.

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How we talk about Black Lives Matter protests across America is often a reflection of how we personally feel about the fight for racial equality itself. We're all biased toward our own preferences and a fractured news media hasn't helped things by skewing facts, emphasizing preferred narratives and neglecting important stories, oftentimes out of fear that they might alienate their increasingly partisan and entrenched audiences.

This has been painfully clear in how we report on and talk about the protests themselves. Are they organized by Antifa and angry mobs of BLM renegades hell bent on the destruction of everything wholesome about America? Or, are they entirely peaceful demonstrations in which only the law enforcement officers are the bad actors? The uncomfortable truth is that both extreme narratives ignore key facts. The overwhelming majority of protests have been peaceful.protests have been peaceful. The facts there are clear. And the police have also provoked acts of aggression against peaceful demonstrators, leading to injuries and unnecessary arrests. Yet, there have been glaring exceptions of vandalism, intimidation and violence in cities like Portland, Seattle, and most recently, Louisville. And while some go so far as to quite literally defend looting, that's a view far outside the mainstream of nearly all Americans across various age, racial and cultural demographics.

But what if we step away from the larger philosophical debate and narrow things down to one very important fact: the vast majority of those stirring division at protests are white.

And if you don't believe me, just listen to Durham, North Carolina's mayor and what he had to say about how white people are "hijacking" Breonna Taylor's legacy and transforming a movement that has suddenly split Americans after having near unanimous support just a few months ago.


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