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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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Amaarae Breaks Down Her Hits In OkayAfrica's New Video Series 'Decoded'

In Decoded, our favorite African artists dive deep into their music, lyrics and share notable behind-the-scenes moments.

We're launching Decoded, our brand new pop-up style video series featuring the latest, buzzing African artists' music and influences.

We kick things off with Ghanaian-American singer-songwriter-producer Amaarae who has been making waves with the release of her debut album, The Angel You Don't Know.

In our first-ever Decoded episode, Amaarae breaks down hit songs like "Trust Fund Baby", "Jumping Ship" with Kojey Radical as well as her Southern rap musical influences. She also mentions being inspired by an op-ed that she penned for OkayAfrica in 2019, and her mother's role in helping her coin the album title The Angel You Don't Know.

When all is said and done, Amaarae just wants to give other young women "an option not to have to be the archetypal female African artist, and give them an opportunity to expand all of their possibilities, explore all the different genres, and still be successful and get this money." Amen to that!

Check out our first episode of Decoded with Amaarae below.

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