Ava DuVernay Guest-Edits TIME’s Optimism Issue

By Sameer Rao Feb 07, 2019

Director and producer Ava DuVernay‘s work, both on and off set, uses art to shift the narratives surrounding communities of color. She embraces art as a conduit of positivity for Time magazine’s new The Optimists issue, which debuts online today (February 7). 

rnt"When I was invited to guest-edit this issue, Time’s second special issue devoted to optimism, it was on a particularly dreary day," DuVernay reflects in an introductory essay. "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."

The issue includes videos, profiles of influential artists of color and essays on art’s relationship to structural change, including the following features: