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It's a FIRST! A Black Woman featured on Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream

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The acclaimed movie director and screenwriter Ava DuVernay has become the first Black woman to have her image on a pint of Ben & Jerry’s.

The ubiquitous ice cream company this week announced the release of “Lights! Caramel! Action! directed by Ava DuVernay.” It features a mix of vanilla ice cream with salted caramel swirls, graham cracker swirls, and gobs of chocolate chip cookie dough.

DuVernay was personally involved in creating the new flavor, which will be available in both milk-based and non-dairy versions. Pints will begin shipping across the country in January 2023.

“Ice cream is a simple joy of life. It's a comfort food that I’ve turned to on many days — making sunny ones brighter and dark ones sweeter,” DuVernay said in a statement.

“Partnering with Ben & Jerry’s, a company that I’ve long admired for their commitment to social justice, has been a thrill ride. Beyond being downright delicious, proceeds from further its non-profit mission of inclusion and belonging in the film and TV industries. A worthy and delicious endeavor,” said DuVernay.

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