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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The Wire, 10 Years On – ‘We tore the cover off a city and showed the American dream was dead’

David Simon’s ‘anti-cop show’ struggled to find an audience before being lauded as a classic and making stars of Idris Elba, Michael B Jordan and others. Here, some of its writers and stars look back at a series that changed TV for ever

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John Singleton – ‘The crack epidemic gave me something to write about – but I had to survive it first’

The Boyz N the Hood director is back – with Snowfall, a TV show about America’s drug epidemic. Over a lunch of fried catfish in South Central LA, John Singleton reveals all about his ‘ghetto Game of Thrones’

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Orange Is the New Black – A New Platform For Blackness?

As the prison drama returns, are its stars – Taystee, Crazy Eyes and Sophia – ambassadors for a new socially aware TV blackness or participants in unwatchable ‘trauma porn’?

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‘Progress is painfully uneven’ – Baltimore, 15 years After The Wire

From its first episode in 2002, the HBO TV drama documented the poverty, politics and policing of a city. We visit its memorable locations and talk to the people trying to rebuild scarred communities

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