“Rihanna looks like she scams rich white men and Lupita is the computer smart best friend that helps plan the scams,” wrote @1800SADGAL on Twitter over a photo of Rhianna and Lupita Nyong’o spectating at a Miu Miu show together in 2014. Lately, in the Black Twitter community, rumor has it that a concept has surfaced for Issa Rae to write the script, Ava DuVernay directs it with Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o star in the featured project.
“My twitter feed is in shambles. I can’t even retweet anymore. It’s so many people over the last four days inundating me with it. It just feels nice like, ‘they like me, they picked me. But also, I think the main thing is the idea that the people want a certain kind of film. People want Black women in centered, powerful images that are complex and layered. And that have nuance beyond what we’re relegated to. And they want it from other Black women. They chose Black writers, with Issa. Issa text me like, ‘Yooo!’ She’s on the set of “Insecure” trying to be insecure. And all this great stuff is happening. So it just feels like, wow, this is a moment of Black women centered-ness. It’s an indicator of this voice is valid and it should be amplified. And so, I accept it as that.” DuVernay said Monday night during “Conversations on Creativity with Questlove” hosted at Pratt Institute.
This is the second segment of QuestLove’s innovative talk with creatives on their lives, passionate work and ultimate vision overall at Pratt’s multi-artistic campus. The episode featured Ava DuVernay speaking on her films, her work in the National Museum of African American History, her show on OWN “Queen Sugar,” and noting that 95% of television and film made is created by men.