Oprah Gifts Ava DuVernay A Sweet Experience W/ U2’s Bono
It’s not often that fans have the amazing opportunity to see their favorite musical artist, but to also have the opportunity for a one on one interaction is a dream come true. Luckily for movie director and producer Ava DuVernay, that very dream came true in the best of ways. Oprah Winfrey surprised her with U2 concert tickets and meeting the band in Nashville. Oprah wrote,
My dear friend @ava LOOOVES Bono. So as a Birthday, Christmas, Easter, Forever gift I surprised her with the help of @guyoseary with tickets to concert and meet and greet afterwards in Nashville! Sweet moment.
Both Ava and Oprah posted to Instagram showing Ava smiling and hugging Bono back stage. In the video, you can see Ava was literally in heaven as she hugged and held Bono close to her to take pictures. She captioned the post:
I have loved Bono and U2 since I was a girl. I’ve been guarded and guided by their work in many moments of my life. I first learned about human rights and activism, not through Martin Luther King as he was blandly taught in school, but through the passion of Bono’s voice singing of the civil rights icon in the song PRIDE. I named my first narrative film, I WILL FOLLOW, after their song that meant so much to me and my Aunt Denise. She was the one who first introduced me to their music. I played their song BAD on the day I buried her and it helped me lift my head as I drove to the funeral, like a balm for my wounded heart. My favorite all-time song of U2 is DROWNING MAN. It’s not a hit song. It’s a heart song. And it lives in mine. In the song, Bono sings the words: “take my hand.” A moment before this picture was snapped, he reached over and took mine in his. I was breathless and speechless. He and Edge were everything a fan wishes their hero will be upon meeting them. Every single thing. My true thanks to all who made the moment possible, especially my friend @Oprah, who knows my heart and that this would make it shine and shimmer and sing. It did. In more ways than I can express. It’s a beautiful day. Xo
DuVernay directed Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time” which premiered this past March. Oprah starred in the film as Mrs. Which, a celestial being, who helps main character Meg Murray, played by Storm Reid, on a quest to find her father.