Lenovo and Ava DuVernay unveil VR film series on empowering women

“Storytelling is an exchange of information; it’s also an exchange of emotions,” Ava Duvernay said. She was speaking at the virtual launch event for New Realities, a project in collaboration with Lenovo and the UN’s Girl Up leadership development initiative. The project features the stories of 10 young women around the world using technology to make a difference or pursue their dreams, and are all told in 360-degree videos that you can watch for free on Lenovo’s site today. You won’t need a VR headset to experience the 6- to 10-minute shorts — the YouTube player supports desktop and mobile viewing too.

“It’s an exchange that allows for understanding,” DuVernay added. “I think that in order to create global change, in order to move our societies to more positive places, we have to understand that we’re more alike than we’ve been told.”

The series looks at the stories of

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Laverne Cox on Bad Hair Movie, Empowering Black Women

ORLANDO, FLORIDA - JANUARY 19: Laverne Cox attends Matrix Destination 2020 at Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel on January 19, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)

As an award-winning actress and producer, Laverne Cox has known a thing or two about breaking down boundaries since becoming the first trans person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in 2014. Since then, she has taken on dozens of roles that have made her a beloved household name.

While speaking with Cox about her partnership with Gold Bond for its #ChampionYourSkin campaign, she shared what she’s doing to keep things manageable right now and how she’s staying inspired.

On Feeling Comfortable in Her Own Skin For the First Time

Although it may seem like Cox’s confidence hasn’t wavered since day one — we have her role as Sophia Burset on Orange Is the New Black to thank for that — she shared that being her authentic self has come with its own challenges. “I believe it’s all a process,” she told POPSUGAR. “I’ve had moments throughout my

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