A scholar of Black entertainment history reflects on the death of producer Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss and reflects on the history of Black male entertainers dancing or telling jokes to their deaths.
We’re seeing a new wave of politicians embracing social media – and often this means a departure from a serious demeanour to one that’s more wilfully strange, awkward and dramatic.
The magazine grew to be the largest circulation publication for black readers in South Africa, and expanded to include East and West African editions.
From wrestlers to movie stars, celebrities have risen to some of the highest political offices around the world. What makes them so appealing?
Now that we know what essential work is, it seems the perfect time to reflect upon the not-so-essential work of celebrities.
For attracting attention and money to a cause, celebrity-driven attention is hard to beat. But there’s also a downside.
Hit podcast Dolly Parton’s America starts with the premise that she is among the most familiar and beloved celebrities in the US, based on a marketing index called a Q score. Who would be our Dolly?
Even in death, men are able to earn far more than women.
We might lap up the spectacle of two high-profile women fighting publicly, but when do you ever hear about men having ‘cat-fights’?
The ‘revenge body’ was once the domain of celebrity gossip. But with the advent of social media, anyone can publicly display a ‘new’ body post break-up.
Don’t expect to see any less of the Kardashians. Sorry about that.
Many people dismiss the reality format as rubbish, but the shows and the social media discussion they promote are an important indicator of public opinion on vital issues.
Men like Harvey Weinstein have been able to abuse with relative impunity, despite many in the entertainment industry appearing to know or have suspicion of their behaviour.
When a celebrity runs for president, do celebrity endorsements matter? A survey of likely voters shows how tricky it can be to mix celebrity and politics.
Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been endorsed by an army of celebrity supporters.
Celebrity is all around us, but most academics are yet to take seriously the field of political celebrity studies.
Two sociologists recommend their favourite thriller for your summer reading.
Why we’re being asked to decide whether Amber Heard is one of two archetypes: the gold-digging, manipulative siren or the innocent female victim.
Glamour labor is a phenomenon of the digital age, which is radically changing the way we think about work, success and privacy.
The ‘cult of celebrity’ is not as damaging to children as it may seem – but they do select their heroes and heroines from a fairly narrow world.