We already know Ava DuVernay is a trailblazer, carving out a path as an incredible director, content creator, and activist and now she has taken her talents to TIME Magazine. The Queen Sugar creator served as guest editor for this month’s issue that’s all about the “Art of Optimism” and features Lena Waithe, Laverne Cox and Cicely Tyson.
DuVernay makes it clear she’s on a mission to inspire and enlighten the masses through art and notes that “art calls to the optimism within us and beckons us to breathe,” especially during tumultuous times.
“When I was invited to guest-edit this issue, TIME’s second special issue devoted to optimism, it was on a particularly dreary day. The national headlines were what we’ve come to expect: bigotry, poverty, injustice, trauma, trouble. I weighed my own feelings of despair and doubt against the idea of reveling in an experience dedicated to optimism. The choice was easy. I wanted to explore the other side. And so, working on this issue with the stellar team at TIME helped me to remember a simple truth: that prioritizing hope whenever possible is a brave and bold thing to do. In that way, this issue is a gift to me, a necessary reminder to grasp joy with both arms and embrace it like a great love.”