Why, why, WHY is Ava DuVernay so doggone dope? After blowing us away earlier this year with The Door, a breathtaking short film she created to showcase the designs of fashion house Miu Miu, the Sundance Award-winning director of Middle of Nowhere is at it again with Say Yes, a bubbling brown sugar jewel of a film she created for Fashion Fair.
There are pretty black folks. Lots of them. Having a glorious time. Lots of it. In a fly house, in awesome clothes and pretty make-up, living, loving, laughing, dancing and doing what we do when we are happy and in a safe space that is warm and inviting and uniquely our own. Fashion Fair describes Say Yes, inspired by its lip color of the same name, as an exploration of “the power of the affirmative, and the beauty that blossoms from embracing life,”—a vision of what happens when “you welcome the unexpected.
Indeed, there is a heart-warming surprise in Say Yes, one that made me say all the way out loud, “Awwwww!” And I spied quite a few folks I admire in the party scenes, including Hollywood “it” girl Issa Rae (who has some pretty amazing projects of her own firing up!), Daughters Of the Dust director Julie Dash, soul crooner N’Dambi, and a host of others. I’m not going to give away any more of the surprise; click play for yourself. You’re welcome.
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