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Ava DuVernay Highlights the Significance of Today's Date With 'August 28,' Starring David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o and More

August 28, is a monumental day in African-American history.

Today, August 28, is a profoundly symbolic day in the collective memory of black folks in America. In what may seem like pure happenstance, a number of monumental events have occurred on this day throughout history.


Acclaimed filmmaker, Ava DuVernay, who debuted the film August 28: A Day in the Life of a People at the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) last September, took to Twitter earlier, to remind us all of the day's historical gravity, by mapping out the exact events that make it of such importance.

The significance of the day is traced back to 1833 when slavery was abolished in the UK. On August 28, 1955, the Civil Rights Movement was sparked following the brutal KKK murder of 14 year-old Emmet Till.

DuVernay goes on to highlight other pivotal events that occurred on this date, including Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963, the onset of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and the official party nomination of Barack Obama in 2008. On this date last year, Colin Kaepernick spoke out, for the first time, about his decision to protest the national anthem.

Read the full thread, here.

Another history-shaping event will occur today in Atlanta, where a monument of Martin Luther King Jr. will be erected to replace a statue of segregationist, Thomas Watson, reports the Toronto Star—a symbolic  reminder to us all to continue to work to topple racism and oppression in the same vein as our heroes.

Ava Duvernay's August 28: A Day In the Life of a People, which stars Davido Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o, Angela Basset, Don Cheadle, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and a host of other talented actors, is showing exclusively at the NMAAHC.

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Stormzy performs during The BRIT Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage) via Getty Images.

Watch Stormzy's Powerful BRIT Awards Performance Featuring Burna Boy

The night saw the British-Ghanaian star run through a medley of songs from his latest album, Heavy Is the Head.

The BRIT Awards 2020, which went down earlier this week, saw the likes of Stormzy take home the Best Male trophy home and Dave win Best Album.

The night also saw Stormzy deliver a stunning performance that featured a medley of songs from his latest album, Heavy Is the Head. The British-Ghanaian star started things out slow with "Don't Forget to Breathe," before popping things off with "Do Better" then turning up the heat with "Wiley Flow."

Stormzy nodded to J Hus, playing a short bit of "Fortune Teller," before being joined onstage by Nigeria's Burna Boy to perform their hit "Own It." Burna Boy got his own moment and performed an energetic rendition of his African Giant favorite "Anybody."

The night was closed off with a powerful message that read: "A lot of time they tell us 'Black people, we too loud.' Know what I'm sayin'? We need to turn it down a little bit. We seem too arrogant. We a little too much for them to handle. Black is beautiful man." The message flashed on a black screen before a moving performance of "Rainfall" backed by his posse.

Watch the full performance below.

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The ornate gilded copper headgear, which features images of Jesus Christ and the Twelve Apostles, was unearthed after refugee-turned-Dutch-citizen Sirak Asfaw contacted Dutch 'art detective' Arthur Brand. (Photo by Jan HENNOP/AFP) (Photo by JAN HENNOP/AFP via Getty Images)

A Stolen 18th Century Ethiopian Crown Has Been Returned from The Netherlands

The crown had been hidden in a Dutch apartment for 20 years.

In one of the latest developments around art repatriation, a stolen 18th century Ethiopian crown that was discovered decades ago in the Netherlands, has been sent back home.

Sirak Asfaw, an Ethiopian who fled to The Netherlands in the '70s, first found the relic in the suitcase of a visitor in 1998, reports BBC Africa. He reportedly protected the item for two decades, before informing Dutch "art crime investigator" Arthur Brand and authorities about his discovery last year.

The crown is one of only 20 in existence and features intricate Biblical depictions of Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit. Historians believe it was given to the church by the warlord Welde Sellase several centuries ago.

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Watch Samba Yonga's Kick-Ass TED Talk on an 'African Superhero Curriculum'

The co-founder of the Zambian Women's History Museum speaks about the importance of indigenous knowledge in creating Africa's own superheroes.

Co-founder of the Zambian Women's History Museum, Samba Yonga, is on a mission to reclaim Africa's history and indigenous knowledge in a way that allows Africans to centre themselves in their own narratives and become their own superheroes.

She recently spoke at TEDxLusaka about developing a "blueprint for the African superhero curriculum". It's the TED talk that you definitely need to watch this year.

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Amanda Black Shares Stunning Visuals for ‘Ndizele Wena’

Watch Amanda Black's new music video for 'Ndizele Wena.'

South African singer Amanda Black recently released visuals for her latest single "Ndizele Wena." The track is a love song in which she promises to stay with her lover through all the ups and down. She sings in the first verse:

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