In this first look at Trailblazer Honors, Ava DuVernay talks about how she was inspired to make movies about incredible women like her mother. We’re honoring Ava DuVernay and other history-making women on March 8 at 9/8c.
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This year, VH1 Trailblazer Honors will celebrate today’s most respected politicians, entertainers, artists, activists, allies and icons who have dedicated their time and steadfast commitments to the women’s movement and beyond. Centered around this year’s incredible breakthroughs in female empowerment and human rights, the event will honor writer, director and producer Ava DuVernay, who was the first highest grossing African-American woman director in domestic box office history; Nancy Pelosi, the first woman to be elected as the Speaker of the House of Representatives; Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale; and #MeToo founder and activist Tarana Burke. Rita Ora will perform her powerful personal anthem, “Soul Survivor,” and Elle King will perform “Baby Outlaw.” Cher, Anita Hill, Mindy Kaling, Alyssa Milano and Samira Wiley will also make appearances.
VH1 Trailblazer Honors will take place at the Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles, a National Historic Landmark and extension of the Ebell of Los Angeles, a 125-year-old organization founded by women for women, on International Women’s Day.
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Ava DuVernay’s Mother Inspired Her Film Career | Trailblazer Honors