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this is bbc news. i'm aaron safir with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. the actor chadwick boseman, who starred in the black panther superhero film, has died of cancer at the age of a2. tens of thousands march on washington calling for racialjustice and an end to police brutality, and a message from the son of martin luther king jr so, if you are looking for a saviour, get up and find a mirror! we must become the heroes of the history we are making. british scientists are
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given nearly $9 million to try to find out how long immunity from coronavirus lasts. how a team of film makers in newjersey have opened up a drive—in theater with an important message. we start with our breaking news. chadwick boseman, the african—american actor famous for playing black panther in the marvel superheroes movies, has died from colon cancer. he was 42, and died at his home in los angeles with his family at his side. mr boseman was diagnosed with the disease four years ago. despite his illness, chadwick boseman made several films during treatment, including black panther, set in the fictional
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african nation of wakanda. the film, which had a largely black cast made more than a billion dollars worldwide and won many awards including three oscars. our north america correspondent david willis is in los angeles. david, hello. a real shock because his illness was not widely known. it wasn't, and it was not something that he talked about, the diagnosis of: cancer and indeed it has emerged that many of the key roles that he ended up playing that defined his career were carried out while he was undergoing chemotherapy and various surgeries to deal with that cancer. he signed a five picture deal with marvel to play the black panther and that's the role for which he will predominantly be remembered, but there were other roles as well. for
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example, the baseball pioneer jackie robinson who played in the film 42, and also, james brown, the sole legend who he played in the film get on up. but this is a moment of sadness here in hollywood because this was a man who was generally thought to have a glittering career ahead of him. he rose up at the time of the oscars so icap white protests to get more people of colour in front of and behind the camera and was one of the leading examples of somebody who did it so well. one of the leading examples of somebody who did it so wellm seems then he was really perfect for the black panther movie, and that was, as well as being a huge blockbuster and a hugely successful film, it was a really significant moment in african—american culture in the united states, wasn't at? very much so, and it was a film that was nominated for the, the
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first superhero film to be nominated for a best picture oscar. it was filmed with a predominantly black crew and cast, a real breakthrough movie of its kind, and it was a role, of its kind, and it was a role, of course, black panther, that he was set to reprise, subsequently, but of course now no longer will be doing so. and finally, david, you mentioned hollywood is in shock, what kind of reaction have we been hearing from other stars and celebrities? we have been hearing reaction from a number of celebrities, mark ruffalo and a number of others and in the world of politics, the democratic presidential nominee joe biden said that chadwick boseman had inspired generations and shown them that they could be anything that they could be anything that they wanted to be. this was a man who was known for backing
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social causes hair, and very popular in hollywood who will be greatly missed. i'm sure he will, thank you very much indeed for bringing us up to date. excuse me. thousands of people have taken part in a huge civil rights rally in washington, to demand racial justice and an end to police brutality. its being held in the same place and exactly 57 years after the reverend martin luther king junior made his famous "i have a dream" speech. it was planned as a response to the death of george floyd and comes after another police shooting of an african american man: jacob blake. our correspondent barbara plett—usher sent this report. chanting: george floyd! in the year of 2020, this is what a march on washington looks like — drawing on the anger and the energy of months of unrest around the country, now bringing their demands to the doorstep of power,
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aiming to forge a national movement out of their protests. archive: the lively, heralded and, in some quarters, feared march on washington... they're deliberately connecting their modern—day struggle to the historic civil rights movement, the unprecedented march of 1963 that brought 250,000 people to washington with a thunderous roar, demanding jobs and freedom. nearly 60 years later, it's clear that not enough has changed. i'm 33 and this was in my parents' time, so it'sjust like, "ok, here we go again," so we're trying to make sure that we don't have to keep reliving this whole thing all over again. i was not born when the first march happened, but i will be part of every movement, if i need to, until i go to my grave, until we get the justice and the equality that we deserve. nojustice, no peace! the summer of discontent was fuelled by the police killing of a black man, george floyd — one name in a long list — an explosion
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of anger that has been building for years. organisers believe this is the historical moment to push for concrete change. what is this about? this is about equal treatment for black americans, for them to be treated the same as white people — by the police and in other areas. that's what black lives matter is about. and who would have thought, nearly 60 years after one of the most famous civil rights rallies in us history, they'd be back here again demanding basic rights? i'm marching for george, for breonna, for ahmaud, forjacob. .. not in the same numbers — the pandemic has thinned the crowds — but everyone here can recite the grim roll call of names of those killed and injured by police violence. their family members were the headline speakers, calling this generation to action. how will the history books remember you? what will be your legacy? will your future generations
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remember you for your complacency, your inaction? or will they remember you for your empathy, your leadership, your passion? as in 1963, the march is pushing for national legislation to reform how america is policed, and to protect their voting rights — building on hard—won victories of the past. we are going to be the generation that dismantles systemic racism once and for all, now and forever! we are going to be the generation that calls a halt to police brutality and gun violence once and for all, now and forever! that this is happening in an election year added urgency to the agenda. again and again, speakers called on protesters to get out and vote. there is hope. the proof of that will come later, maybe much later — whether this is a decisive inflection point in a long struggle, or whether they'll be
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marching on washington with the same demands in 50 years' time. barbara plett—usher, bbc news, washington. well, while the march on washington is a monumentous day in itself, its historical significance also comes from the mark it made on the other activists and protesters. just a few years after the march, the black panthers political party was formed to protect residents from acts of police brutality and end racial injustices. i spoke with the party's co—founder bobby seale, and asked him about the first time he heard martin luther king speak. i heard that doctor martin luther king was coming to oakland, california to speak. i went to that place where they had 6000 people plus inside the auditorium and doctor martin luther king spoke there. he spoke about the fact that we needed to getjobs going, connected with civil rights movement and he was saying that
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kilpatrick‘s bread company did not hire any people of colour. he went on to say that wonder bread company did not hire any people of colour and he went on to say we are going to have to boycott them so consistently and so profoundly that we want to make wonder bread wonder where the money went and it excited the whole 6000 audience with me as one individual, no organisation or whatever, standing and being very impressed with doctor martin luther king. i wanted talk about your role in the political process, because you then went into coalition with doctor king, didn't you, to pursue the same goals? that was in 1968 at the beginning... in 1968 we did a big rally again. following that rally, doctor abernathy with doctor king called me and asked with the
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black panther party be willing to work with them? they had a organisation scattered across major communities and we said yes, our organisation will definitely work with you. we only have 400 members up and down the coast of california and at that time, i did coalesce with them and then of course a month or coalesce with them and then of course a month 01’ so coalesce with them and then of course a month or so later they killed doctor king, and i went out and they stopped the riots because they didn't believe in riots, are believed in people organising radically to take over more political seats. back thenit over more political seats. back then it was called the civil rights movement, now we talk about black lives matter and we have seen today and over the last few months, protests over the deaths of so many african—americans at the deaths of so many african—america ns at the the deaths of so many african—americans at the hands of the authorities. when you started out back then, did you
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think you would still be seeing these kind of things now? did you think it would be 60 years almost and still these kind of deaths happening? here we are, iam80 deaths happening? here we are, i am 80 something years of age, i'm very active, live and agile. my point is, i'm happy to see the black lives movement. i love it. when george floyd was murdered and they organised those protests, it was the biggest protest movement in the history of the united states of america. numerically speaking, over 10 million people, black, white, blue, red, polkadot, but black lives matter put that together to protest for two to three weeks and that in itself is the basis of my concept of more power to the people, black people who have been at the forefront, profoundly since the
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days of slavery after slavery, et cetera, struggling for constitutional, democratic and civil human rights, and to me, i was just flabbergasted and loved it. that was bobby seale, one of the cofounders of the black panther party in the us. understanding how our immune systems respond to the coronavirus, could be one of the key factors in getting all our lives back to normal. british scientists have been given £6.5 million, that's nearly $8.7 million, to try and answer some of the big outstanding questions about the body's immune response. our science correspondent rebecca morelle, has been finding out more. our bodies have become a battle ground, fighting a virus we've never seen before. and to stop covid—19‘s spread, scientists need to know, how does the immune system work? our immune system has
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a host of weapons to attack the coronavirus. crucial neutralising antibodies block it from entering our cells. if any virus does sneak in, killer t—cells will hunt down and destroy the virus—infected cells. this targeted response takes about a week to start and, if it works, you get better. after that, though, the specialist cells start to disappear. but our immune system remembers the virus, so, if it comes back, it will spring into action much more quickly. the question is, though, how long this immune memory lasts. so, can you get coronavirus twice? this week, hong kong reported the world's first documented case of reinfection. the second bout of covid happened four months after the first, but it was symptom—free. when people talk about immunity, it doesn't always mean that you can't get reinfected, it means that, even if you get
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reinfected, you're going to control it better. i think it's scary for people to hear, "oh, immunity is lost," and that's not what that study says to me. other infections may also leave behind some immune memory. t—cells from the common cold could be important when people get covid—19. if you've encountered a similar virus in the recent past, for example, the common cold coronaviruses, you might have some immune memory that is able to then cross—recognise covid—19. so as soon as you come in contact with the covid—19 virus, your immune memory springs straight into action, because it's had that recent education, that recent lesson from a similar virus. why is the immune response important for vaccines? because a vaccine must produce the same, or an even better immune response than an actual infection. early results are encouraging.
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the vaccines do appear to be protective against severe disease in all of the animal models that have been looked at for all the vaccines that are currently now moving into phase three, or phase two trials. so there is nothing surprising so far about how these vaccines are working. they are inducing exactly the kind of responses we would expect. there are still many mysteries about immunity. but research is moving rapidly and scientists hope to have more answers soon. rebecca morelle, bbc news. this is bbc news. the headlines: the actor chadwick boseman, who starred in the black panther marvel film, has died of cancer at the age of 42. let's stay with that story now. i've been speaking to entertainment reporter kj matthews about chadwick boseman's career and her reaction to the news. so many people are just in shock right now and they did not know that chadwick boseman had colon cancer. he was diagnosed with that in 2016 and so four years later
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he died, it advanced relatively quickly, but what people don't understand is that during those years, he made about five movies, including black panther, and really we thought we would see him reprise his role in black panther — the sequel, of course, is being developed right now — so many, many people are shocked. even, i just think earlier this month, he was tweeting his support for vice president nominee kamala harris and warning hollywood they needed to take black lives matter more seriously and really increase diversity in hollywood, so he was still very much an activist. even up until the day that he passed away, probably knowing that his days on this earth were numbered. you mentioned black panther and, of course, that is perhaps the work he is going to be best remembered for. it was a hugely successful movie at the box office, brought in millions and millions of dollars, a number of awards, but culturally, it was just a massive moment, wasn't it?
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it was a massive moment but you have to remember before he took that role, remember he had already played thurgood marshall, a biopic about the first african—american male on the us supreme court here in the united states. he also played another biopic called 42 about the life and death ofjackie robinson, jackie robinson as you probably already know was the first black man to join the major league baseball association so we were not surprised to see him take on such a challenging role and do it so well in black panther, it was leading up to that. he always, always chooses his roles very carefully. and i can remember the last time i saw him 2013, when i worked for cnn. i was on the red carpet covering 42 and he was serious then — one of few actors in his 30s that really gave a lot of thought into the roles that he would play, and i didn't see a lot of that in hollywood so i took notice. and a huge amount of reaction
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now from other stars in hollywood, reacting to his death. yeah, so many people. you know, josh gad went on instagram live and just wanted to send his condolences to his family. and, of course, so many people like spike lee, everybody pouring in that had worked with him. he worked with so many acclaimed people, even did saturday night live a few years ago after his huge success with black panther, so he touched so many lives in hollywood and i am sure overnight you will see more and more celebrities pouring in with their times that they met chadwick and talking about how strong he was — and remember, he never discussed that he had colon cancer and we really did not know it. he did not champion for people who are suffering from colon cancer and he didn't talk about it, and he was filming television and movies in between chemotherapies. he is such a brave soul and he will be sorely missed. we talked a bit about his movie career but before that, he did a lot of television
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work as well, didn't he? that is the journalist kj matthew speaking to me earlier. apple has terminated the developer account of epic games, the maker of the hugely popular game fortnite. apple had already removed the game from its app store over a dispute about in—app purchases. the suspension means epic can no longer make apps for the iphone or ipad. earlier, i spoke with danny konsta ntinovic, the associate editor at thinknum media in new york. he explained what this suspension means for gamers. it means that they essentially won't be able to play the game on the devices any more. the game will work on consoles like playstation, xbox, computers, but as far as ios devices go — and even the google play store has removed the game — those users will not be able to access the game. they were previously not able to access it because an update was required and apple wasn't allowing that to go through, since they removed the game after epic games breached the terms of service
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of the app store. so it's not an insignificant loss for epic games orfor people who play this game. a large portion of the player base accessed the game through ios devices, through ipads, iphones, and now they are left without a way to play it. consoles and a computer that could potentially run the game are very expensive, and it was the most affordable way to play a free game for a lot of people. so apple has essentially pulled the plug, but at the heart of this dispute is in—app purchases and essentially how much of the money that people spend goes to apple. just talk us through that row? sure, so apple has a 30% fee for any transaction that takes place on the app store — this is a fee that got them in trouble at antitrust hearings last month in washington. well, i say "get them in trouble" but ultimately, regulators didn't show any interest in reducing that fee or breaking up any of the big companies at the hearing. but epic games, in their
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lawsuit after apple removed the game from the app store, laid out a very impassioned case, calling apple a techno—monopolist, saying they've gone back on the ideals of the company from when it founded and that the 30% fee is a very anti—competitive practice. it is certainly a very high fee and one could certainly argue that it is a monopolistic, anti—competitive thing to do. it's worth noting that the google play store also charged a 30% fee for similar transactions, the playstation store has a 30% fee as well for, i believe, game purchases or similar transactions made through the playstation game store. so while it's not unheard of for games, it is certainly unique for apple, who has a market that they are the gatekeepers to of about a billion or more users of ios
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devices, so even though these other competitors have the same fee, it doesn't restrict access to nearly as large a market as it did with apple. now, a trip to the movies is a summer rite of passage for many people in america. and this season, it feels more important than ever. amid the national unrest over police violence, a team of film makers in newjersey opened up a drive—in theatre, showing mostly movies by black film—makers. tom brook reports. the newark moonlight pop—up drive—in opened in july, operated by film—maker ayanna stafford—morris and her husband siree morris. business is booming. it's being described as the happening weekend spot in newark. the response has been phenomenal. it's been an overwhelming success. everybody who comes here, we know whether or not they like it if they honk on the ending. at the end of the film, when they're leaving, if they give us a large honk, then we know we did well. i asked you nice! now, i need y'all to get off my property!
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on the night we visited the drive—in, it was showing the critically acclaimed horror film us from black film—maker jordan peele. typically drive—ins, enjoying a renaissance in america right now as a result of the pandemic, showing films featuring white protagonists. the newark moonlight cinema is offering audiences something distinctly different — movies highlighting the works of african—american film—makers. you know, during the pandemic, we've seen racial tension really bubble in this country and it was kind of depressing to see the constant news cycle of people being hurt — black people being hurt by police officers — so i wanted to be able to create an opportunity for black people to see themselves in a positive light and have a more positive imagery of themselves. among the movie—goers at the drive—in was malikjones. we need something to just culturally focus on us at such a time as now. in a time when, you know, we're having the black lives matter thing going on, where we need to see us in a good light versus us being victimized and everything, so i think
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we should start seeing the entertainment side. you know, like, "hey, y'all! come on out! enjoy some black films by black people, for us, by us, from us." you understand what i'm saying? what's happening at the newark moonlight cinema here in newjersey is part of a growing trend in the us of african—americans gaining control of their narrative, making sure their stories get told and seen on their terms, and it's definitely catering to a growing thirst for black content. absolutely. black content is american content. and based off our numbers and the diverse crowd we've seen, we see that there is a big support for that. seeing the death of george floyd, that gave us more inspiration to try to create something that everybody, you know, can have a good time and enjoy themselves with. and that is perhaps what is most powerful with this pop—up drive—in — the sheer, unadulterated joy it is bringing to the city of newark in the midst of one of the most miserable summers in american history.
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don't be afraid to have a good time while you're out here tonight! tom brook, bbc news, newark, newjersey. that's all for now. i will be backin that's all for now. i will be back ina that's all for now. i will be back in a few minutes with the headlines. stay with us. hello there. you could see the rain coming on friday, but it was very difficult to get out of the way. this weekend, though, the weather is set to change. for a start, it's going to be a much drier weekend. however, it's not going to be very warm at all. some particularly cold nights, and we're going to start with some strong winds as well. a northerly wind as our area of low pressure takes most of the rain away towards the south—east and gets pushed away slowly by that high pressure coming in from the west. by the time we get to the morning, there still could be a few showers down the eastern side of england, and there's the threat of cloud coming back in off the north sea to bring some rain in during the afternoon. elsewhere, some spells of sunshine. there will be a few showers
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notably across northern parts of scotland. there will be a northerly wind as well. it's always going to be stronger where we're more likely to have that rain. could be gusting 50 mph or so. it will make it feel cold, of course. temperatures typically 13 to 17 degrees, a touch warmer than that, maybe, towards the south of wales and the south—west of england. many places will turn dry during the evening. that wetter weather gets pushed into the east midlands towards the south—east of england and east anglia. that'll keep the temperatures up here, but elsewhere with clear skies, lighter winds, we could see temperatures even as low as two or three degrees in some rural areas. so a chilly start to sunday. by this stage, the winds won't be as strong. there'll be some cloud across east anglia and the south—east. any early showers should move away, keep the odd shower coming into the northwest of scotland, even one or two for northern ireland. otherwise, some sunshine at times, more cloud around during the afternoon. those temperatures not changing much, but it won't feel as cold as it's not going to be as windy. that's because that area of high pressure is pushing across the country. eventually, it'll be
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followed by this weather front to bring some rain into northern ireland. that's a very slow process. for the late summer bank holiday last year, it was the hottest ever. temperatures reached 33 degrees in the sunshine. this time around, it could be the coldest bank holiday monday ever, with 18 the expected high in london. again, the winds will be light. they're starting to turn to more of a southerly direction. sunny start, cold start, but more cloud filling in through the day. probably dryjust about everywhere. some rain into northern ireland later on in the day. but those temperatures again struggling, typically only 16 or 17.
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this is bbc news, the headlines: the hollywood actor chadwick boseman, best known for his starring role in the film black panther, has died. he was 42 and had been diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago. he died at his home with his family at his side. thousands of protesters have gathered in washington dc to protest for justice and racial equality. the protest was called on the anniversary of the civil rights march on washington in 1963, when martin luther king delivered his famous "i have a dream" speech. british scientists have been given nearly $9 million to try to find out how long immunity from coronavirus lasts. they believe that understanding how our immune systems respond to the coronavirus could be one of the key factors in getting life back to normal.


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