We are currently in a season of awards and recognitions, and many eyes are fixed on Selma. The film star, Nigerian-British actor, David Oyelowo, director Ava DuVernay and of course, former richest black woman, Opray Winfrey cover the February 2015 edition of Variety. In this special issue, David took time to reflect about the making of the film and the magnitude of his message and convictions. He spoke with great passion. No wonder this edition is motivational, inspirational, informative, educative and thrilling.
Opray Winfrey opens up that the film came at the nick of time, and reflected on racial tensions that stem from the killings of Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Ezell Ford and many other African-American men: “Divine timing is what it is. You get to see the magnitude and power of their discipline and strategy. And also, in the end, that they called on love. When (King) called on those clergy from all over the country, they actually came and (were willing to give) up their lives,” Oprah says in an exclusive interview.
Ava DuVernay hopes that the $20M budget film will help protesters around the world. Since this is a pioneer theatrical feature on the personality of Martin Luther King Jr. Ava believes that it will be ‘corrective measure ’to‘criminal negligence on Hollywood’s part.
As a devout Christian, the 38-year old David Oyelowo used the medium to talk about the spiritual kingship he feels and believes with the celebrated non-violent philosopher and activist, Martin Luther King Jr, by declaring that God really want him to take on this part. Furthermore, he opined that his belief was not inspired by any dint of naivety or presumptuousness.
“I was really drawn to this man — to the self-sacrifice, the notion of love in the face of hate,” Oyelowo says. “As a man of faith, the things that he held dear were the things that lodged in my spirit.”