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What Is #Juneteenth? See What Everyone Is Celebrating On Twitter!

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Juneteenth is a VVV important holiday we should all be commemorating.

Why?? Well, in case you were unaware, the June 19 holiday is to celebrate the official end of slavery in the United States! (It is also commonly known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day.)

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Understandably, numerous prominent African-American leaders have since taken to Twitter to pay tribute to this significant holiday.

Be sure to take a look at their comments (below):

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Rihanna & Lupita Nyong'o Are Teaming Up For A Netflix Movie Directed By Ava DuVernay!

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This is going to be amazing!

You might remember when a photo of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o went viral with a caption insisting the two pair up for a badass movie… and now the Internet's dream has come true!

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We're hearing Netflix has won the bid to create the project to be directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Insecure creator Issa Rae! It's said Rae has already begun putting pen to paper, and the film may start production in 2018! Yas!

We just demand it premiere in a Hollywood theater — no red carpet with THIS cast would be a damn crime!

In case you missed it, this is how all this brilliance came to be — follow along (below)!

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Ava DuVernay Is Not To Be Overlooked On The Oscars Red Carpet!

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Oscars 2017: Ava DuVernay walks the red carpet.

Ava DuVernay is a star!!

The 13th director arrived to the Oscars in stunning fashion on Sunday night, choosing to wow in a ball gown on the red carpet!

Ava opted for a long-sleeved, beaded Ashi Studio dress, which hardly needed any accessories except for her metallic clutch and drop earrings.

She nailed it!!

[Image via Getty Images.]

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Emma Stone, Viola Davis, & More Stars React To Their Oscar Nominations!!

These are some very happy stars!

Just weeks until the Oscars, and the nominations have finally been announced!

These stars have some celebrating to do!!

Actually, it sounds like some have already started….

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Take a look at all the best celeb reactions (below) to get a glimpse of all the excitement!

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Reese Witherspoon, Uzo Aduba, Ariel Winter, & More Celebs React To Harper Lee's Passing

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R.I.P.

Harper Lee influenced many people throughout her long life.

So naturally, people are heartbroken to hear that the acclaimed author passed away at 89 years old. The To Kill A Mockingbird writer had quite an impressive impact on certain celebs, and they took to Twitter and Instagram to express their grief.

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Stars like Reese Witherspoon, Uzo Aduba, and Ariel Winter all shared their sadness on social media, penning heartfelt tributes to the late novelist.

Ch-ch-check out the sentimental posts (below):

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Ava DuVernay's New TV Show Queen Sugar Will ONLY Employ Female Directors!

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Queens will be Queens.

Ava DuVernay is not shy when it comes to her sharing opinions on Hollywood and how they treat both people of color and women.

In fact, as a black female director, the Golden Globe-nominee has a personal stake in the matter, which makes her latest news all that more exciting!

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While interviewing with Reelblack at the Sundance Film Festival on Wednesday, Ava disclosed that in an effort to promote her peers, her upcoming OWN drama Queen Sugar will feature an all-female directorial team!

Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe, and Omar J. Dorsey begin shooting in New Orleans this February, and we cannot wait to see the finished product next season.

Bet we don't see an #EmmysSoWhite later in the year.

Ch-ch-check out Ava's inspiring video announcement (below)!!!

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George Clooney Weighs In On The Oscars' Lack Of Diversity Controversy — Says 'We're Moving In The Wrong Direction'!

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After the Oscars revealed all 20 of its actor nominees were white, everyone from Jada Pinkett Smith to David Oyelowo to even the President of The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences have voiced frustrations about the lack of diversity in the prestigious institution.

Now, George Clooney, the unofficial mayor of Hollywood, is adding his two cents — and he agrees that "we are moving in the wrong direction."

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Speaking to Variety, the Oscar winner said he thinks the lack of minority nominees is largely due to the little options minority actors have playing roles in "quality" films!

He explained:

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