• 10 Nov 2017

    The Oscar-winning actor Lupita Nyong’o has hit out at a magazine for cropping her hair on a front cover photograph. She’s accused the magazine, Grazia, of  smoothing her hair to fit their notion of what beautiful hair looks like. Michelle De Leon, founder of World Afro Day, and Nicole Vassell, from Pride Magazine, discuss the issue.

  • 9 Nov 2017

    Exactly 25 years ago today REM released Automatic For The People – an album that still ranks in Rolling Stone Magazine’s greatest of all time. The band from Athens, Georgia were at the height of their fame and creativity and they’ve re-mastered the album together with demo tracks and videos. Michael Stipe and Mike Mills talk…

  • 7 Nov 2017

    How my expensive obsession for ties began

    This week a show about my ties opens at the Design Museum. I gasped when I saw it. It is small, dense and spectacular – enough colour to light the night sky!

  • 30 Oct 2017

    He’s one of the most influential characters in British music today. The sound that Wiley created in East London at the turn of this century – which eventually became known as Grime – has now reached global popularity. But whilst his peers achieved huge chart success, he has been known as the driving force behind…

  • 30 Oct 2017

    The actor Kevin Spacey is facing an outcry from the LGBT community – after he came out in the wake of allegations that he made a sexual approach towards a 14-year-old boy in 1986. The actor made a statement on social media after Anthony Rapp revealed details of the alleged incident – saying it had…

  • 25 Oct 2017

    Many have been credited with creating rock’n’roll and Fats Domino’s name was always listed among the pioneers. With his bluesy vocals and boogie woogie piano playing, he starting having hits earlier than most of his rivals to the inventor’s crown. Today his relatives said he had died surrounded by his family in his New Orleans…

  • 15 Oct 2017

    One of America’s foremost poets talks about race and social justice in the United States.

  • 14 Oct 2017

    Willem Dafoe and director Sean Baker talk about their new film The Florida Project, which looks at poor families living in the shadow of Disney World.

  • 14 Oct 2017

    Actor Katherine Kendall says Harvey Weinstein took his clothes off and asked her to massage him after inviting her to his room. He has denied allegations of rape, sexual assault and harassment.

  • 11 Oct 2017

    The allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein have become more serious overnight, with three women telling the New York Times that he raped them. He has denied any non-consensual sex took place. In a statement, Mr Weinstein’s wife described her sadness at the tremendous pain his “unforgivable actions” have caused women, as she announced she…

  • 10 Oct 2017

    One of the areas coming under the most scrutiny in the audit was education. Fatima Manji has been to meet students at a predominantly non-white school to ask them about race, inequality and how it affects them and their peers.

  • 10 Oct 2017

    First Secretary of State, Damian Green, discusses the government’s race audit.

  • 10 Oct 2017

    When Theresa May became PM she pledged to tackle the “burning injustices” in society and demanded that public services “explain or change” racial inequality. Fifteen months on we have her racial disparity audit showing, among many things, that black Caribbean children, for example, are three times more likely to be excluded from school than white…

  • 6 Oct 2017

    Billy Corgan founded one of America’s biggest Indie bands, the Smashing Pumpkins. He broke it up, started it again, and now as William Patrick Corgan,  has made a film called PillBox and released the soundtrack as a solo album. He’s also become a controversial voice in the US alternative media, a libertarian who seems to…

  • 8 Sep 2017

    As a self-taught actor with no drama school training, Idris Elba has managed to make it from Hackney to Hollywood A-list. Now he’s backing a campaign by Project Literacy to help illiterate adults learn to read and write.