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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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Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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