Still from What Happened, Miss Simone?

Think of the hypnotic opening lines of Feeling Good; the jazz-soaked love song My Baby Just Cares For Me; the swirling, intoxicating I Put a Spell (...)

Anti-Slavery International director Aidan McQuade was educated at Abbey Christian Brothers’ Grammar School in Newry, a school the late former tánaiste Frank Aiken and former deputy first minister Séamus Mallon both attended.

A South Armagh man with an insatiable appetite for knowledge is at the centre of the campaign to eradicate slavery across the globe. Dr Aidan McQuade (...)

President Barack Obama participates in a march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Guy Carawan, whose rendition of the song “We Shall Overcome” became an anthem of the US civil rights movement, has died at his home in Tennessee. He w(...)

Police confront protesters demonstrating over the death of Freddie Gray, near Union Square in New York. Photograph: Michael Appleton/The New York Times 1:19

Protests are continuing in the US over the death of Freddie Gray, whose death from injuries sustained while in police custody has led to violence in (...)

Members of the US National Guard  in Baltimore, Maryland. The city remains under curfew following riots on Monday. Photograph: Mark Makela/Getty Images

Hillary Clinton, the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 presidential election, has called for the widespread use of police body cam(...)

Rioters on West North Avenue in Baltimore. Shops were looted in northwest Baltimore and police were attacked with rocks  hours after Freddie Gray, who has become the nation’s latest symbol of police brutality, was laid to rest. Photograph: Matt Roth/The New York Times 1:26

US president Barack Obama has called on police departments across the country to do some “soul searching” on how they handle black suspects after race(...)

William J. Maxwell: ‘Poring over novels, stories, essays, poems, and plays as well as political commentary and intercepted correspondence, the FBI acted as a kind of half-buried readers’ bureau with aboveground effects on the making of black art.’

The official and respectable inspiration behind my new book, F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover’s Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature, involv(...)

Jerry’s Sno Cones: a taste of the 1970s. Photograph: Chris Carmichael/New York Times
Weekend in . . . Memphis

Maybe even more Music City than Nashville, its country cousin to the east, Memphis has strong affiliations with not one musical genre but three. It(...)

Oscar winners (left to right): Best Actor in a Supporting Role JK Simmons, Best Actress in a Supporting Role Patricia Arquette, Actress in a Leading Role Julianne Moore and Actor in a Leading Role Eddie Redmayne, in the press room of the 87th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire 2:50

Alejandro G Iñárritu’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), a dizzying tale of Broadway composed as if shot in one continuous take, has wo(...)

Ireland’s win  in Italy puts the achievements of Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King in the ha’penny place.  Photograph: Ryan ByrneINPHO

Are you old enough to remember the conveyor belt on the Generation Game? No? Well, a bunch of fabulous prizes whizzed by under the contestants’ noses (...)