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Beyonce performing at the Super Bowl. Larry W. Smith/EPA

Why Beyoncé matters

Her visual album Lemonade is important for more reasons than you might think. Pop may never be the same again.
Sathima Bea Benjamin was seldom recognised during her lifetime as a performer. Ian Bruce Huntley

The marginalised African Songbird who finally became visible again

It took ages for one of African jazz's hidden masterpieces to be reissued. Still today, four decades later, 1976's 'African Songbird' tells volumes about the politics of the time.
The cast of the film ‘Spotlight’ reacts after they won the Oscar for Best Picture at the 88th Academy Awards. Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Oscars 2016: expert reaction

From Chris Rock's opening monologue to red carpet hits (and misses), our experts analyze key moments from this year's Academy Awards.
The climax of popular simianisation was the hugely successful classic of Hollywood’s horror factory, King Kong. Shutterstock

Comparing black people to monkeys has a long, dark simian history

Animalisation remains a malicious and effective form of dehumanisation. Simianisation is a version of this strategy, which historically manifested a lethal combination of sexism and racism.
Joe Louis and Neil Scott help Isaac Woodard up a set a stairs soon after a beating left him blind. Ossie Leviness/New York Daily News

The police beating that opened America’s eyes to Jim Crow’s brutality

Seventy years ago, a horrific beating left a black World War II vet blind. His determined fight for justice would earn the support of Orson Welles, Woody Guthrie – and even the president.

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