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May 13, 2015

SheKnows Media Announces Ava DuVernay As Closing Keynote Speaker for #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us This July in New York City

Award-winning director of “Selma” to Discuss Her Groundbreaking Career, Upcoming Projects and Her Work at the Intersection of Art, History, and Civil Rights

NEW YORK, NY – May 13, 2015 – SheKnows Media, the number-one women’s lifestyle digital media company1 with more than 85 million unique visitors per month2 and 162 million social media fans and followers, today announced that filmmaker Ava DuVernay will be the closing keynote at #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us, taking place in New York, July 16-18, 2015.

Ava DuVernay co-wrote and directed the film "Selma," which chronicles the historic 1965 voting rights campaign led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, garnering numerous prestigious awards and nominations for the film, and DuVernay as director. Her previous narrative feature film, "Middle of Nowhere," earned DuVernay the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Best Director Award, making her the first African-American woman to win the prize. DuVernay made her directorial debut with the critically acclaimed 2008 hip-hop documentary, "This Is The Life." She has directed for television, including an episode of ABC top-rated drama series, "Scandal." Prior to her work as a filmmaker, DuVernay worked as a marketer and publicist providing strategy and execution for acclaimed directors such as Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Michael Mann and Bill Condon. DuVernay is the founder of AFFRM, the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement.

In a fireside chat style interview, DuVernay will be interviewed by Melissa Silverstein, Founder and Editor of Women and Hollywood. They will discuss DuVernay’s work (and experiences) at the intersection of race, gender, art, and history. DuVernay will also provide insight into her future plans, including serving as co-creator, alongside Oprah Winfrey, of "Queen Sugar," an upcoming original television drama for OWN.

Silverstein’s Women and Hollywood site is one of the most respected sites related to women, film, and pop culture. The site educates, advocates, and agitates for gender parity across the entertainment industry. Silverstein currently has a column on Forbes.com, and has written for The Washington Post, NY Times, More Magazine, and many other publications. Silverstein is also the founder of the Athena Film Festival, which honored DuVernay with an Athena Award in 2013.

“Ava captured the attention of the nation with her work on Selma, and has certainly captured the attention and imagination of the SheKnows Media community with her dedication to telling stories through the voices of those who lived it, including spotlighting the black women who contributed so mightily to the civil rights movement.” said Elisa Camahort Page, Sr. Vice President, Community Content and Events, SheKnows Media. “Ava’s insights will resonate with our audience of content creators, who share their own unique perspectives every day, ensuring that history will have a less homogenous view of the world.”

#BlogHer15: Experts Among Us seeks to inspire and empower women to express themselves and their unique points of view through content creation. More than 3,500 content creators, social media influencers, entrepreneurs, brand executives and industry luminaries are expected to attend this year’s event, co-produced for the first time by SheKnows Media and BlogHer. 

For more information or to register for #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us, click here and join the conversation on social using the #BlogHer15 hashtag.

1 comScore, Media Metrix, Multiplatform Lifestyles Category Ranking Reports, January & February & March 2015, U.S.
2 comScore, Media Metrix, Multiplatform Key Measures Report, March 2015, U.S.


About SheKnows Media

SheKnows Media is the number-one women’s lifestyle digital media company with more than 85 million unique visitors per month (comScore, Media Metrix, Multiplatform Lifestyles Category Ranking Report, March 2015, U.S.) and 162 million social media fans and followers. The company operates a family of leading media properties that include SheKnows.com, BlogHer.com, StyleCaster.com, DailyMakeover.com, BeautyHigh.com and DrinksMixer.com. With a mission of women inspiring women, SheKnows Media is revolutionizing the publishing industry by forging a new kind of model that seamlessly integrates users, editors and content creators onto a single platform designed to empower all women to discover, share and create. Whether it’s parenting or pop culture, fashion or food, DIY or décor, our award-winning editorial team, Experts, bloggers and social media influencers produce authentic and on-trend content every day. We dig deep to learn what makes our audience tick, revealing unexpected insights on women and digital media. Our robust, end-to-end suite of premium branded content and influencer marketing solutions generate more than 2 billion ad impressions per month (sources: DFP and OAS), allowing brands to distribute authentic content and integrated advertising at scale. 
SheKnows Media is based in New York and Scottsdale, Ariz., with offices in Los Angeles, Chicago and Belmont, Calif. We also operate internationally in Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. 

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