“There is nothing new under the sun. But there are new suns.” - Octavia Butler
“There is nothing new under the sun. But there are new suns.” - Octavia Butler
If you know me personally or have ever worked with me up close, then you also know Tilane Jones. Yesterday was her birthday. Perfect day to announce that she has just been appointed President of @ArrayNow Tilane's contribution to ARRAY over the past decade has been monumental. In Tilane, we have a dynamic, highly-skilled leader with deep experience and commitment to our mission. As ARRAY embarks on our new era of growth and evolution, I'm overjoyed to continue to work side by side with such a terrific executive and an even better human being. Congratulations, @TilaneJ ! #Boss
My Gramma is getting her birthday hair cut right now. The postwoman just came in and delivered @VanityFair Gramma turned to the back cover. Gram: “Your name is here.” Me: “Yes, ma’am. That’s my new project.” Gram: “Oh my, Ava. This is very impressive. Good girl.” Day made. 🙌🏾 #86yearslovely
Today is the day that a king was born. His power is his survival. His strength is his sword. He defeats darkness daily. He endures. He inspires. Saluting you today, @KoreyKingWise I celebrate your life and thank you for letting me be a part of it. Happy Birthday, dear brother. 🙏🏾
Created by yours truly especially for @OWNTV , CHERISH THE DAY follows a different couple each season as they experience the ordinary and the extraordinary days that define romantic relationships. Each episode chronicles 24 hours in the life of two lovers. Welcoming our first season couple: @xoshroq and @alanomiller It was a pleasure to hand-pick these two wildly talented actors for this journey. Can’t wait to work with them both. We’ll see you on the air in 2020! #believeinlove
Korey. Antron. Raymond. Kevin. Yusef. They took the stage last night at the #BETAwards. They received a standing ovation. They felt so much love and support all weekend. Los Angeles welcomed them beautifully. Proud. Love to these brothers. Good men. xo
Mali. Our sunshine. She’s a light and she doesn’t even know it yet. Watch out world when she finds out. May this new year be filled with focus, friendship, fun and firsts of the very best kind. The whole world is out there waiting to be discovered by you. It can’t wait to meet you. Happy birthday, @maliiisalll With all my love, Your Auntie Ava 🖤
We make a proudly black show about a proud black family. They live in Louisiana. They love each other fiercely. And they have secrets that may very well tear them apart. I remember the night of the debut in 2016. I was nervous. Would people watch a black family on their farmland - living, learning, loving? Thankfully, the answer was yes. Much love to all who’ve embraced QUEEN SUGAR. The Bordelons are back tonight on @OWNTV And I’m not nervous. I’m proud. xo
“I’m not going to knock on closed doors. I’m going to make my own door.” Thank you to the incredible team at @THR for this deep dive into #WhenTheySeeUs and into my work through @ArrayNow The power of film and TV is something we should all be able to harness. Not just a chosen few. Onward for all of us. [link in bio] words: @that_rebecca image: @diegouchitel frock: @prada style: @jasonbolden tresses: @drkariwill beat: @adamburrell
Compton meets Town & Country. Thanks to the good folks at the magazine for putting their spotlight on WHEN THEY SEE US and social justice cinema. Beautiful article by @alexb718 accompanies the lovely images by @gigilaub Thanks to @jasonbolden + @johnmumblo for the styling, @ernestocasillas for the fancy face, @drkariwill for loving my locs and @ibrowsbyeb for the brow love. Link to the article in bio. WHEN THEY SEE US. Netflix. May 31.
The most meaningful award I’ve ever received. Ever. Extremely proud to stand with five of my heroes tonight. To be presented with an award from @InnocenceProject by the men known as The Central Park Five meant everything to me. I respect these men. I love these men like brothers. I’m so honored to tell their story. A story of survival. And of triumph. WHEN THEY SEE US. 5/31. Netflix.
Press tour for @WhenTheySeeUs begins today. Eager to share the true story of the Central Park Five! Thanks to @JasonBolden @StarBurleigh @PorscheFabulous and @Best_Loctician for taking me from post-production drab to actually being presentable in public without my Mom asking if I’m getting enough sleep. I look awake and refreshed! Appreciate the illusion! Also... I love skirts with pockets. I mean, why make them any other way? Right? Thanks, @MaraHoffman ✌🏾
On this day thirty years ago, Trump bought $85,000 worth of ads in all major NYC papers calling for the execution of the boys known as The Central Park 5 - before their trial. Today, we replace his hateful ad with another image. They were innocent. And the system failed them. #WhenTheySeeUs
There aren’t many of us out here doing this. It’s a small tribe in the grand scheme of things. He was a giant among us. Kind. Committed. And immensely talented. His films broke ground. His films mattered. He will be missed. And long remembered. Thank you, John. #RunIntoHisArms
On this exact day 30 years ago, a woman was raped in Central Park. Five black + brown boys were framed for her rape. The story you know is the lie that police, prosecutors and Donald Trump told you. WHEN THEY SEE US is the story of the boys from their eyes and their hearts. May 31 on @Netflix (Full trailer in bio )
When Linda McCray’s 14 year old son Antron was arrested for rape, her life changed forever. She defended him when few believed in his innocence. She was right. On Friday, this queen passed away. I’m grateful that she allowed me tell her story of love. Thank you, Ms. Linda. #RunIntoHisArms #CentralParkFive
I worked with @ConstanceWu and @JessicaChastain on my Jay-Z project a couple years ago. They played a founding mother of the United States and a futuristic investigative journalist. @MarieClaire got us together to talk about more future, more power, more sisterhood. Love to you both. Image: @amandademme Styling: @jasonbolden Makeup: @u.z.o Hair: @drkariwill
Not thugs. Not wilding. Not criminals. Not even the Central Park Five. They are Korey, Antron, Raymond, Yusef, Kevin. They are millions of young people of color who are blamed, judged and accused on sight. May 31. Netflix. A film in four parts about who they really are. WHEN THEY SEE US.
Oscar Week. Two more nights until the town goes back to normal. But as of now, about to hit the 7th out of 10 parties scheduled this week. I mean, I love seeing folks and celebrating Oscars and all, but we are all really overdoing it. And with that, I’m off. LOL. Thanks for the blush and stuff, @adamburrell And @therealsirtony for the loc love. #OscarMania
Another beautiful year at the @Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon. I look forward to this gathering every year. To see my sisters and hug and smile and connect. Thank you, Essence. Thanks @jasonbolden @ernestocasillas and @therow for the look. And thanks to brother photographer @michaelrowephoto for this image.
Wishing a Happy President’s Day to my president @BarackObama Miss you, sir.
I wanted to distribute this film from the minute I heard that the great artist @BlitzAmbassador was making it. My dream came true. Proud to announce the 22nd release from @ArrayNow The gorgeous Ghanaian gem THE BURIAL OF KOJO. Hitting Netflix and local screens March 31. Can’t wait for folks to see! #BlackFilmYall
Happy Valentine’s Day to the one who has my heart. The best nephew a girl can have. He’s just a little peanut butter cup. Just a little sweetie pie brownie with a cherry on top. Squeeze your loved ones today! Happy Love Day!
“I have the nerve to walk my own way, however hard, in my search for reality, rather than climb upon the rattling wagon of wishful illusions.” - Zora Neale Hurston. Happy Birthday, Queen Sister Friend. 🖤
Had to hop a quick turnaround flight to Atlanta to hold this sweetie pie peanut butter. My little brother’s first baby. Five days old. I pray for his life. And for his parents. Congratulations, @mr_maye Overflowing with love and gratitude for this glorious new member of our family.
Can’t let a good challenge pass me by. 2008 to 2018 and blessed to have every day in between. #10YearChallenge
#tbt. little black girl magic.
I’m lucky to have many jobs. One is as a film distributor through @ArrayNow Since 2010, we’ve distributed films by directors of color and women directors of all kinds. Today, our 20th film lands on Netflix coinciding with International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Go to @Netflix to check out ROLL WITH ME, the incredible true story of record-breaking Palestinian-American Gabriel Cordell, directed by documentarian @LisaFrance2067 We’re proud to distribute this work and continue our mission to increase visibility and inclusion for all.