Rapper Drake watches the action at an NBA game in Toronto in 2016. A recent battle between Drake and Pusha-T brought the issue of blackface back into the headlines. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

The problem with blackface

Margaret MacLean visited and wrote about the Royal Ontario museum’s collections as well as visiting Egypt for Saturday Night magazine. (Database of Canadian Women Writers)

Canada’s female literary past

Many authors born in Latin America have produced some of their finest work while living in the United States. Alvy Libros/flickr

Five Latino authors you should be reading

Spanish-speaking writers have made exceptional contributions to American literature. Here are the best Latin American and Latino authors you probably haven't heard of.
Kate Spade, who was found dead in New York on June 5, was a trailblazer. ANDREW GOMBERT

How Kate Spade sold whimsical luxury

Kate Spade has been found dead in New York, age 55. Her handbags, first released in the early-1990s, introduced young professional women to affordable luxury.
The Pulitzer Prize winning emcee Kendrick Lamar recently asked a white fan to refrain from rapping the n-word. A video recording of the incident has reignited a controversy that gained wide attention last year. In this 2016 file photo, Kendrick Lamar performs in New York. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP, File)

White people should never rap the n-word

At one of his shows, rapper Kendrick Lamar asked a white fan to refrain from rapping the n-word. A video of the incident has reignited a controversy: can white people ever rap the n-word?
‘Confessions of an English Opium-Eater’ was the first modern drug memoir and set the tone for opium use for decades. Here: Papaver somniferum (Opium poppy), a group of deep red flowers, buds and seed pods. Opium is extracted from the latex of the unripe seed pods. Ripe seeds are innocuous and widely used in baking. (Rowan McOnegal/Wellcome Collection)

The 19th century book that spawned the opioid crisis

'Confessions of an English Opium-Eater' is considered the first modern drug memoir. Many believe it is responsible for our romantic ideas of opium-based drug use today.
An interactive documentary maps the lives of Palestinians in a Jerusalem neighbourhood. Dorit Naaman/Jerusalem We We Are Here

Lessons for the future from Jerusalem’s Palestinian past

A documentary filmmaker discusses her work which looks at the erased history of Palestinians in a Jerusalem neighbourhood in order to point to the possibility of a shared Jewish/Arab future.
Rapper Skibkhan in the video for ‘Shob Chup,’ which condemns the culture of silence around poverty and inequality in Bangladesh. YouTube

Bangladeshi rappers wield rhymes like Tupac

In voicing youthful outrage over inequality and violence, Bangladeshi rappers are creating a powerful form of protest music — just as American MCs have done for 40 years.
With Rilla of Ingleside, the eighth in the Anne of Green Gables series, L.M. Montgomery shaped Canadian memories of the First World War. She wrote of Anne’s children as being influenced by the war effort which included victory bonds posters like this one. University of Guelph

Anne of Green Gables goes to war

Lucy Maud Montgomery has shaped Canadian memories not only with 'Anne of Green Gables,' but also with the eighth of her series, 'Rilla of Ingleside,' which provides glimpses of the First World War.
Tom Wolfe, in 2010, fired up and holding forth. AP Photo/Tina Fineberg

Tom Wolfe elevated journalism

A journalism scholar and biographer of Tom Wolfe looks back at a literary great's life of challenging cultural standards.
Princess Diana’s 1981 wedding dress was encrusted with over 10,000 pearls, included a 7.62 metre train, and inspired the “puffy sleeve” trend. RR AUCTION HANDOUT

Royal weddings have always shaped fashion

When Queen Victoria donned white for her wedding in 1840 she started a trend that continues today. Other royal weddings have proved to be just as influential.

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