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Ava DuVernay Talks 'Black Panther' and Bree Newsome at Essence Fest

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay talks about her decision not to direct MARVEL’s “Black Panther” as well as her upcoming project set in post-Katrina New Orleans.

We now know that Ava DuVernay will not be directing Marvel's "Black Panther," but did you catch that she dropped this clue on Twitter weeks ago?

At Essence Festival in New Orleans she told NBC News that she alluded to her choice not to direct the picture, tweeting that Bree Newsome was the superhero she's been waiting for. Newsome is the filmmaker/freedom fighter that famously scaled the South Carolina flagpole and pulled down the Confederate flag.

Next year DuVernay will return to the Crescent City to direct a love story/murder mystery that takes place during Hurricane Katrina. She will collaborate with her 'Selma' star David Oyelowo.

Nearly a half million people converged upon New Orleans this Fourth of July weekend for ESSENCE Festival. The annual 4-day Festival, featured entertainment, empowerment, and cultural experiences during the day and the world’s best performers each night.