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FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2015 file photo, Ava DuVernay, director of "Selma," attends the National Board of Review awards gala in New York. DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey are creating a drama series for Winfrey's TV channel. The project is inspired by the Natalie Baszile novel "Queen Sugar," the OWN channel said Monday, Feb. 2. Winfrey will serve as executive producer and will play a recurring role _ the first time she's acted in a series for OWN, the network said. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

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In this Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 photo, Ava DuVernay, writer/director of the film “Middle of Nowhere,” poses for a portrait in Los Angeles. Oprah Winfrey has repeatedly told her 14 million Twitter followers about DuVernay’s latest film, "Middle of Nowhere," which expands to 14 more cities Friday, Oct. 19, after opening in six theaters last week. (Associated Press)

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In this Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 photo, Ava DuVernay, writer/director of the film “Middle of Nowhere,” poses for a portrait in Los Angeles. Oprah Winfrey has repeatedly told her 14 million Twitter followers about DuVernay’s latest film, "Middle of Nowhere," which expands to 14 more cities Friday, Oct. 19, after opening in six theaters last week. (Associated Press)