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Beyond Beyoncé: Politics of a pop-culture icon
She is the artist who has launched a thousand thinkpieces. Everything that Beyoncé does is extensively critiqued. Her songs and their accompanying videos, her tours, outfits and statements
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Amy, the documentary about Amy Winehouse, wins a Grammy
Six years after its subject swept the board at the Grammys, winning five awards including record of the year and song of the year, Amy, the documentary about
Beyoncé unleashes Black Panthers homage at Super Bowl 50
With references to the Black Lives Matter movement, Malcolm X and the Black Panthers, Beyoncé’s half-time show at the Super Bowl on Sunday might be the most radical
Toni Morrison on her novels: ‘I think goodness is more interesting’
February 8, 2016
Toni Morrison wants everyone to know that she hates the title of her newest novel, God Help the Child. The original title, Morrison said last week at Congregation ...read more
Spanish MP causes stir by bringing baby to parliament
January 14, 2016
He has not been elected and he cannot vote on policy, but five-month-old Diego was one of many new faces as the Spanish parliament convened for the first ...read more
US photographer Annie Leibovitz poses during a photocall for the launch of the 2016 Pirelli calendar in London on November 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL / AFP / BEN STANSALL
Pirelli calendar goes with less steam and more jokes for 2016
December 1, 2015
The annual calendar produced by Pirelli tyres – which traditionally centres on the artfully lit nude bodies of female supermodels – has been unveiled, presenting a dramatic shift ...read more
Napo Masheane sings a new song of freedom
November 5, 2015
History repeated itself recently when students from the #FeesMustFall protest movement marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to demand that the government freeze university fees for 2016 and ...read more
This Instagram star is deleting thousands of photos to prove ‘nothing you see is real’
November 3, 2015
For anyone who ever peered at the sun-kissed photo of some Instagram "star" and thought, "This just can't be real life," this should be validating: Essena O'Neill, one of ...read more
Baileys prize crowns Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as its ‘best of the best’
November 3, 2015
Pitted against nine other titles -- from Zadie Smith’s On Beauty to Eimear McBride’s A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing -- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel of the Biafran ...read more
Kaboom shots! Girls can rap too
October 29, 2015
"If there’s any female rapper that can do it better than me, I owe you 10 grand, yo!” said an animated Gigi Lamayne during a pre-performance interview at ...read more
Oprah Winfrey’s stake in Weight Watchers sends share price soaring
October 20, 2015
Oprah Winfrey is such a fan of Weight Watchers that she has just bought 10% of the company. “I believe in the programme so much I decided to ...read more
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Award-winning Afghan refugee whose tent school empowered a thousand girls
October 15, 2015
When Aqeela Asifi accepted the Nansen refugee award in Geneva this month, the 49-year-old Afghan teacher appeared with her husband, Sher Mohammed, and youngest daughter, Sawera, 11. It ...read more
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South African ‘chick-lit’ heads to the big screen
October 8, 2015
Barring her great showing at the 2008 BTA Anglo Platinum short-story competition in which she won first and fourth prize, Nozizwe Cynthia Jele was a relative unknown when ...read more
Top science book prize won by woman for first time
September 25, 2015
The most prestigious science book prize in Britain has been won by a solo female writer for the first time in its 28-year history. Gaia Vince, a journalist ...read more
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Turiya Magadlela: Art born of shared pain and pantyhose
September 16, 2015
TV appearances, telephone interviews and frantic preparations for her upcoming exhibition takes up most of artist Turiya Magadlela’s time these days. So tracking her down for an interview ...read more