Ava DuVernay Praises 'Straight Outta Compton': F. Gary Gray "Captured the Plight of the Black Artist"

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Ava DuVernay

The 'Selma' helmer extensively recounted on Twitter what it was like to watch her pivotal Los Angeles memories as captured in the N.W.A. biopic.

Straight Outta Compton has found an advocate in Ava DuVernay.

After the Selma helmer watched the N.W.A. biopic at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in South Central Los Angeles on Saturday night, she shared her positive review over 18 tweets on Sunday morning.

"Congratulations to F. Gary Gray and all involved. Another classic now under his belt. Your craft and care is on full display. Bravo, brother," she wrote. "He captured the plight of the black artist in general, once consumed by systems and structures not made for them. The struggle is real."

Also praising "all the terrific acting, solid production design, swoon-worthy cinematography and fab costumes + hair," the L.A. native, who made her feature film debut with the 2008 hip-hop doc This Is the Life, extensively recounted what it was like to watch her pivotal Los Angeles memories as captured in the film, which exceeded box-office expectations with its debut of $56 million.

"Sunday on the 'Shaw. ... Hundreds of black young people cruisin' down Crenshaw. The raw energy. The cars. The brothers and sisters. The majesty of it all," she said, among other comments about the Rodney King riots and the portrayal of women in hip hop. "It was maybe a one-minute sequence in the film but it all came rushing back. This film did that for me on multiple levels. It's fantastic."

Read her tweets below.

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