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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‘I’m not sorry I said it’ – Erykah Badu on Music, Motherhood and Wildly Unpopular Opinions

The neo-soul star has sold millions, raised three kids and embodied wokeness before the word was even coined. But can her reputation survive January’s ‘I saw something good in Hitler’ comment?

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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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‘A blemish on America’ – Spike Lee Denounces Trump for Charlottesville Response

Director of BlacKkKlansman calls president a ‘motherfucker’ and explains how he spoke to victim Heather Heyer’s mother to clear use of footage of last August’s attack

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The Rise of Donald Glover – How He Captured America

The award-winning writer, actor, singer and rapper has dominated the internet with his provocative, politically charged hit This is America, the latest step in an illustrious, unconventional career

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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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