Why the Extraordinary Story of the Last Slave in America Has Finally Come to Light

Zora Neale Hurston’s Barracoon was written in the 1930s, but has only just been published. Why has it taken so long for the remarkable story of Oluale Kossola to be made public?

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The Last Poets – The Hip-Hop Forefathers Who Gave Black America its Voice

It is half a century since the Last Poets stood in Harlem, uttered their first words in public, and created the blueprint for hip-hop. At an intimate open house session, they explain why their revolutionary words are still needed

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Jesmyn Ward – ‘Black girls are silenced, misunderstood and underestimated’

The author of Sing, Unburied, Sing, had a tough childhood in Mississippi, survived Hurricane Katrina, and became the first woman to win two US national book awards for fiction

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From Kendrick’s Pulitzer to Beychella – How the Mainstream Woke Up to Black Excellence

This past week the unparalleled contributions of black performers were finally recognized by the establishment. Why has it taken so long?

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Romance So White? Publishers Grapple With Race Issues Amid Author Protests

New report exposes decline in diversity in romance writing, as editor resigns after telling author they avoid putting non-white characters on covers ‘because we like the book to sell’

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Black Panther Review – Marvel’s Thrilling Vision of the Afrofuture

The latest big-screen superhero story is a subversive and uproarious action-adventure, in which African stereotypes are upended and history is rewritten

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From the Green Book to Facebook, Driving While Black is Still Perilous in America

A historical travel guide once listed safe pit stops for black motorists in Jim Crow America. When a family sought similar advice on Facebook last year, they were deluged with replies

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