Musicians Common and John Legend address the audience after accepting the Oscar for Best Original Song “Glory”. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty

“Tonight we honour Hollywood’s best and whitest – sorry brightest” – Host Neil Patrick HarrisRacial representation proved a particularly contentious i(...)

Notable minority exclusions at this year’s Oscars include British actor David Oyelowo and director Ava DuVernay of Martin Luther King Jr biopic Selma, which earned a best picture nomination.  Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Civil rights groups are calling for a boycott of Sunday’s Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles to demand more diversity among Academy Awards voters after no(...)

Demonstrators march through Washington following a Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict a New York police officer in the choke-hold death of Eric Garner. Photograph: Reuters

The sign over the Department of Justice in Washington reads: “The place of justice is a hallowed place.” For protesters circling the building, the Ame(...)

St Louis Rams players hold their hands in the air  in a gesture of solidarity with protesters over the shooting of black teenager Michael Brown. Photograph: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

The repercussions from last week’s grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer over the August 9th shooting of an unarmed black teena(...)

Jackie Kennedy

For thirty years before her death in 1994, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis gave no interviews, withheld cooperation from all biographers and refused to (...)

A view of the War Memorial in Indianapolis, Indiana. According to news reports, Indianapolis received about 30 centimeters of snow and the morning temperature was -9 degrees Celsius. Photograph: Steve C Mitchell/EPA

A deadly blast of arctic air shattered decades-old temperature records as it enveloped the eastern United States today, canceling thousands of flight(...)

Students of Howard University march from campus to the Lincoln Memorial to participate in the Realise the Dream Rally for the 50th anniversary of the March in Washington . Photograph: James Lawler Duggan /Reuters

Tens of thousands of marchers converged on Washington DC on Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr’s “I ha(...)