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Birds of Paradise review – Amazon’s ballet drama is no Black Swan

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Two beautiful, lithe, painfully thin dancers compete for a coveted spot in a ruthless ballet program, come together and apart as two halves of a whole amid drugs, hallucinations and sex until one breaks. You’d be righ...

Men on horses chasing Black asylum-seekers? Sadly, America has a precedent

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You’ve probably seen a photograph haunting the internet this week: a white-presenting man on horseback – uniformed, armed and sneering – is grabbing a shoeless Black man by the neck of his T-shirt. The Black man’s fac...

Black girls in England ‘twice as likely to be excluded from schools as white girls’

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Black and minority ethnic girls in England are more than twice as likely to be excluded from school as their white counterparts, according to a report. Equality campaigners have raised the alarm at the findings, which...

A Black town’s water is more poisoned than Flint’s. In a white town nearby, it’s clean

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Bobbie Clay first realized something was wrong a few years ago. The water at her Benton Harbor, Michigan, home had started coming out of the tap looking “bubbly and whitish”. When she filled a glass with it, she could...

Police urged to better protect black women who face domestic abuse

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The actor and writer Michaela Coel, the singer FKA twigs and the Women’s Equality party are among those backing calls to introduce mandatory training for police and agencies supporting black women who are victims of d...

‘These are the facts’: Black educators silenced from teaching America’s racist past

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History teacher Valanna White filed into the auditorium the first week of August for the customary back-to-school all-staff meeting at Walker Valley high school in Cleveland, Tennessee. What she heard shifted her outl...

The Beauty Queen of Leenane review – Martin McDonagh’s raging black comedy returns

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Much has changed in Ireland since Martin McDonagh’s black comedy premiered in 1996, but the ramshackle Connemara hillside where this savage mother-daughter psychodrama plays out feels both petrified in perpetual darkn...

Death in the Black Forest: how a historical tragedy became a play for today

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The day after the Brexit referendum the playwright Pamela Carter wrote to her German publishers, Suhrkamp, to apologise. “I felt the need to say sorry to a European for the terrible mistake,” she said. Two weeks later...

Queen supports Black Lives Matter, says senior royal representative

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The Queen and the royal family are supporters of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, one of the monarch’s representatives has said. Sir Ken Olisa, the first black Lord-Lieutenant for London, revealed to Channel 4 t...

Story of forgotten black Medici ruler is told in new short film

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When, on a hot day in July 1510, in the halls of a noble Florentine palace, a servant gave birth to a boy, no one ever would have imagined that the child would become Duke of Florence and heir to the Medicis, one of t...

This Way Up: chaotic coming-of-age black comedy for the over-30s

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For those mourning the Fleabag shaped hole in their hearts, I hereby present to you: This Way Up. Season one of this Bafta-winning show begins with Aine (Aisling Bea, also its screenwriter) checking out of rehab after...

‘I’m a cricketer, what makes me different?’ England’s black players on racism and exclusion

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In 1981, David “Syd” Lawrence played his debut season for Gloucestershire – a big deal for a 17-year-old, who had inherited his cricketing passion from his Jamaican father. He was sitting in his hotel room during his ...

Could New York’s ‘black mayonnaise’ problem sink a new 82-block development?

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In November, gigantic yellow excavators began scooping up the poisonous sludge colloquially known as “black mayonnaise” from the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, New York – a momentous step in a prolonged cleanup effort, 10...

Ninety-nine percent of people arrested by Beverly Hills ‘safe streets’ unit were Black, suit says

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Nearly all the people arrested by a Beverly Hills police taskforce over the past year were Black, according to a new lawsuit which alleges egregious racial profiling in the wealthy California city. The complaint, file...

‘They sacrificed their freedom’: remembering incarcerated black activists

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When artists choose to deal with the black liberation movement, it’s most often the legacy: the freedoms, the historical posters, the imagery. But it’s the present, as the artist and activist Sophia Dawson tells the G...

Black surgeons ‘promoted far less than white colleagues in England’

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Black surgeons are far less likely to be promoted than their white colleagues, according to analysis of NHS medics’ careers in England. Black men who were junior surgeons in 2010 were 27% less likely to be promoted to...

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