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    ESPN Doc 'Venus Vs.' Shows How Venus Williams' Rise to Tennis Stardom Led Her to Fight Against Wimbledon's Pay Disparity

    "Nine for IX," ESPN's new documentary series about female sport figures from women directors, begins tonight with "Venus Vs.," a film from Ava DuVernay ("Middle of Nowhere") that looks at tennis star Venus Williams and her fight to secure equal prize money for men and women at Wimbledon.

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    The Academy Sends Out 276 Invites

    Last week, the Academy sent out 276 new invitations to join its ranks, the highest amount in recent years. (178 were invited in 2011; 135 in 2010; 134 in 2009; and 105 in 2008.) What you will notice from the list of invitations is the focus on diversity which is something the Academy clearly had t...

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    'Venus Vs.' Review: Venus Williams Fights for Gender Equality at Wimbledon in Ava DuVernay's Rousing Sports Doc

    Ava DuVernay’s skilled documentary “Venus Vs.,” which debuts on ESPN July 2, charts Venus Williams’ two-year battle from 2005 to 2007 for equal prize money among genders at Wimbledon. In the film, sports journalist Howard Bryant explains that it takes a certain collision of factors for someone to be...

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    Review: Ava DuVernay Highlights Tennis Star's Activism in Exciting Doc 'Venus Vs.' (Airs Tonight)

    I remember the first time I saw Venus Williams on television- tall, lean, with a tennis racquet in her hand, and multicolored beads in her braids. I didn’t grow up playing or watching tennis, but there was something about her and those beads that spoke to me.

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    Interview with Ava DuVernay - Director of Venus Vs.

    Venus Vs.shows an unexpected side of Venus Williams. The film is all about the fight for equal pay for women in tennis. Billie Jean King led the charge in her day and the US Open started to pay the women and the men the same. But not Wimbledon. It took Venus Williams to carry on Billie Jean's le...

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    Venus Williams' Multiple Wimbledon Championship Dreams In New Clip From 'Venus VS'

    ESPN Films and espnW will premiere the documentary Venus Vs., directed by Ava DuVernay, as the first film in the upcoming Nine for IX series, tomorrow, July 2, at 8pm ET.

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    Lena Dunham, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ava DuVernay, Prince and Milla Jovovich Among 276 Invited to Join Academy

    It's hard to get into the Academy, but these days it helps to be young, gifted and black. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended invitations to 276 artists and executives to join the organization, rounding out its complete additions for 2013.

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    Watch: Venus Williams Fights for Equal Pay in the Trailer for ESPN Documentary 'Venus Vs.'

    Venus Williams is known for many things: her four Olympic gold medals, her five Wimbledon championships and her close relationship with her equally impressive sister Serena. Yet many sports fans may not realize she was a dedicated advocate for pay equality in professional tennis

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    ESPN Films Nine for IX Doc Series Begins w/ 'Venus Vs.' On July 2 - Trailer Debuts

    ESPN Films and espnW will premiere the documentary Venus Vs., directed by Ava DuVernay, as the first film in the upcoming Nine for IX series, on July 2, at 8pm ET.

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    Whoopi Goldberg, C. Vivian Stringer and Katie Holmes Attend ESPN Films Screening of 'Venus Vs.' and 'Coach'

    ESPN Films and espnW held a special screening on Monday, June 24 to showcase two films in their upcoming nine-part documentary series celebrating the 40th anniversary of Title IX, "Nine For IX."

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