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South African lawyer and part-time fashion model, Thando Hopa, at an exhibition of Drum magazine front pages in. Johannesburg. Gianluigi Gueracia/AFP via Getty Images

Journalism of Drum’s heyday remains cause for celebration - 70 years later

The magazine grew to be the largest circulation publication for black readers in South Africa, and expanded to include East and West African editions.
Actor Russell Crowe, who lives in Nana Glen, in northeast New South Wales, with neighbours. The area was hit by bushfires in early November 2019. Russell Crowe/Twitter

Celebrity concern about bushfires could do more harm than good. To help they need to put boots on the ground

For attracting attention and money to a cause, celebrity-driven attention is hard to beat. But there’s also a downside.
A ‘revenge body’ is built to show someone how well you are doing without them. With the advent of social media the phenomenon is increasingly popular. Shutterstock

Your body as a weapon: the rise of the ‘revenge body’ online

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.
The power disparity between Harvey Weinstein and his alleged victims plays into a range of myths and stereotypes about women. Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

What the Harvey Weinstein case tells us about sexual assault disclosure

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.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and musician Demi Lovato. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

What Ted Nugent and Demi Lovato can do for Trump and Clinton

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.
John Legend poses with wife Chrissy Teigen after winning an Oscar at the 2015 Academy Awards. Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Why the ‘no pretty nannies’ debate matters

When a pregnant celebrity announces “no hot nannies,” what does it say about parenting, gender roles and our culture?

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