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CBS taps Ava DuVernay to direct new pilot

Ava DuVernay is on a winning streak.

Just last week it was announced that the scorching hot director will be working on the “Queen Sugar” series with Oprah Winfrey, and now she’s been tapped to serve as executive producer and director for an upcoming pilot for CBS.

The pilot, a drama titled “For Justice,” is about an FBI agent who works for the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division who struggles to reconcile the radical family that she had no say in choosing and her work family to whom she feels morally obligated.

In addition to DuVernay, a number of other executive producers are on board, including veteran actor Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Rene Balcer, and famed author James Patterson.

The pilot is based on Patterson’s debut novel, The Thomas Berryman Number.


  1. Lee on February 15, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Congrats, Ava! It seems like black women are making big strides in television and I think that might have a precipitous effect on cinema, or at least I hope it does. As for black men, we are no where to be found in this regard. There are no black male Shonda Rhimes or Ava Duvernays. Why is there such an absence of black men in leading positions in television?

    • 5aiah on February 15, 2015 at 11:40 am

      Because there are no black auteurs period. Also black women are proving that they matter as a audience(creating a demand for these stories) while black men have proven otherwise. Empire is Lee Daniels and that’s turning out well.

    • Torchy Brown on February 15, 2015 at 4:44 pm

      Black men have been making films &T V for decades. Spike Lee, F.Gary Gray, Malcolm Lee, Lee Daniels, John Singleton, Michael Schultz, Sidney Poitier,Tyler Perry, Tim Reid, Paris Barkley, Stan Lathan to name a few have made more films & TV than Shonda and Ava could imagine. Stop with the bitter black man bs, be happy with the accomplishments of these amazing women and google “black directors!”

  2. JootJoint on February 15, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Wonderful! Break that Glass, Break that Glass!

  3. Jason on February 25, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    She stopped the protests during the Oscar’s so I am sure this is a reward. We don’t need another negro who is willing to do thy master’s bidding. #stopthebedwenchery