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Watch the Trailer for Ava DuVernay's 'August 28,' Starring Lupita Nyong'o, David Oyelowo, and More

The star-studded short film will make its TV debut next week.

Ava DuVernay has shared the trailer for her historical short film, August 28: A Day In the Life of a People, which will make its television debut on Oprah Winfrey's OWN network on Tuesday, August 28.

The formidable cast includes Lupita Nyong'o, Angela Bassett, David Oyelowo, Don Cheadle, Regina King, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, André Holland, Michael Ealy and Glynn Turman.

The star-studded short film highlights six monumental events in black history that all happened to occur on August 28. This includes the abolishment of slavery in the UK in 1833, the beginning of the Civil Rights movement in 1955 following the tragic KKK murder of Emmett Till, Motown's first radio play in 1961 of the Marvelette's "Please Mr Postman, Martin Luther King Jr."s "I Have a Dream Speech," Hurricane Katrina's landfall in New Orleans in 2005, and the official party nomination of Barack Obabma in 2008.


The 22-minute film, originally debut at the opening of the National Museum of African-American History in 2016. Since then, two more major events occurred on the date: Colin Kaepernick speaking out, for the first time, about his decision to protest the national anthem in 2016 and in 2017 a statue of segregationist Thomas Watson was torn down and replaced by a statue of Martin Luther King Jr. in Atlanta. DuVernay highlighted the day's significance once again in a Twitter thread.

Watch DuVernay speak about the project above, and check out the trailer for August 28: A Day In the Life of a People down below.

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Emile YX? Wants to 'Reconnect The String'

The father of South African hip-hop's latest book release is here to teach you about the culture.

As a father-figure in South African hip-hop, there's a lot Emile Lester Jansen, aka Emile YX?, knows. He'll also tell you, there's a lot he doesn't. But the knowledge Emile has gained, over his 3 decades in music, he's always tried to share with others. His latest project is no different. The Black Noise founder is working on a book that identifies the similarities between Bushmen expression and hip-hop, and how this knowledge can help empower anyone who has a love of the culture.

The book, which will be called Reconnect The String, comes on the back of this year's 21st anniversary of the African Hip Hop Indaba, one of the landmark hip hop events in Cape Town created by Emile, which has helped many an artist launch their career. As a teacher and a musician, he's long been involved in using hip hop to uplift communities—first through the seminal group Black Noise, founded in the late 1980s, with its rhymes rallying against Apartheid, and then through the Heal the Hood organization, a non-profit that grew out of the group's efforts to use its love of hip hop to fuel youth development initiatives in townships on the Cape Flats.

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