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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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You Need to Watch C Natty's New Music Video For 'Ojah'

Video Premiere: Check out the striking first release from Mr Eazi's #emPawa30.

C Natty arrives in style with his new single "Ojah."

The track, which is the first release from Mr Eazi's new group of #emPawa30 artists, sees the Nigerian artist delivering a highly-infectious and grooving concoction over jazz-leaning afrobeats produced by Killertunes.

The new music video for "Ojah," which we're premiering here today, is equally as stunning and follows the story of someone who doesn't take others' advice. C Natty told us the following about the DK of Priorgold Pictures-directed video:

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Spotlight: Adekunle Adeleke Creates Digital Surrealist Paintings That Celebrate African Beauty

Get familiar with the work of Nigerian visual artist Adekunle Adeleke.

In our 'Spotlight' series, we highlight the work of photographers, visual artists, multimedia artists and more who are producing vibrant, original work. In our latest piece, we spotlight Adekunle Adeleke, a Nigerian visual artist, using digital mediums to paint dream-like portraits of Africans. Read more about the inspirations behind his work below, and check out some of his stunning paintings underneath. Be sure to keep up with the artist on Instagram and Facebook.

Can you tell us more about your background and when you first started painting?

I am a self taught artist. I started drawing from when I was really young. I mostly used graphite pencils and paper. But about six years ago, I think it was 2014, I wanted to start getting into color. I was a university student at the time and I lived in a hostel with three other people, so I couldn't go traditional so [instead], I started making paintings digitally, first on my iPad and then on my laptop with a Wacom. I have been painting ever since.

What would you say are the central themes in your work?

I personally think my work celebrates beauty (African beauty to be precise) and occasionally absurd things. I really just want to make paintings that are beautiful.

How do you decide who or what you're going to paint?
I do not have an exact process. I do use a lot of references though. Sometimes, I had an idea of how exactly the painting would look, others I just make it up as i go along.

Can you talk about a particular moment or turning point in your life that made you want to pursue art or a creative path?

I am not sure–I did not actively pursue art in a sense. I was just doing it because it was fun and I wanted to. Then people all of a sudden wanted to put me on projects and offer to pay for my hobby. I have thankfully been able to make art and also work in a separate field—which I also enjoy–by day.

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South African Hip-Hop Producers Tweezy and Gemini Major Set for Instagram Live Beat Battle

Two of South Africa's hip-hop super producers Tweezy and Gemini Major will face-off in upcoming Instagram live beat battle.

After Instagram live beat battles such as Swizz Beatz versus Timbaland and Mannie Fresh versus Scott Storch amid the lockdown to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, it was only a matter of time until the hip-hop community across the world followed suit.

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Former Somali Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein​ Passes Away

Somalia has declared a 3-day mourning period following the death of the 83-year-old politician from the coronavirus.

The former Prime Minister of Somalia, Nur Hassan Hussein, passed away yesterday at the age of 83 according to reports by the Anadolu Agency.

After receiving treatment over the past few weeks at a hospital in London, England, the former politician passed away after having tested positive for the coronavirus. The Somali government has recently declared a nationwide 3-day mourning period following Hussein's death.

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