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Acclaimed director Ava DuVernay's short-form film entitled "August 28th: A Day in the Life of a People" will make its national television debut on Tuesday, August 28 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on OWN. Starring Lupita Nyong'o, Angela Bassett, Don Cheadle, Regina King, David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, André Holland, Michael Ealy and Glynn Turman, DuVernay's 22-minute scripted film uses a robust combination of both documentary and narrative techniques to transport viewers through six stunning historical moments that all actually occurred on the same day in various years.

 

CONGRATS to music diva—DIANA ROSS! The Motown legend and Grammy-award winning singer, actress, fashion icon and philanthropist will receive this year’s coveted “American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement.”

 

Miss Ross will be recognized for her five-decades of outstanding artistic contributions to the entertainment industry and popular culture.  She attended the very first show in 1974 and has since gone on to win seven awards of her own and even served as host in 1986 and 1987.

 

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ESSENCE announced this week that legendary music and film icon Diana Ross will headline the 2017 ESSENCE Festival  for the very first time!  The Queen of Motown will grace the main stage along with “My Path to Strength” – a curated evening of performances by Mary J. Blige along with Chaka Khan, Jazmine Sullivan and Erykah Badu.  Other superstar performers include soul music songtress India.Arie,  fashion icon and singer Solange, Grammy winning crooner John Legend and Nawlins native sons Master P. and Trombone Shorty.

 

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Check out the October 15 edition of “UPFRONT Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry.” The show featured acclaimed Costume Designer and Fashion Maven, Johnetta Boone. Celebrity Photographer and Author of the book, "Time Served My Days and Nights on Death Row Records," Simone Green stopped by to chat about "Surviving Compton." Actress and CAU Alumna Terri Abney also stopped by to dish about her upcoming film "Loving" and starring on the OWN series "Greenleaf."