Ava O’Shea from Castlecomer Community School, Co Kilkenny. Photograph: Laura Hutton / The Irish Times

Ava O’Shea This last week has dragged out. Since we sat our last in-school exams as part of the accredited grades process, it has felt like we should(...)

Leaving Cert students begin their first exam – English paper one – at Sutton Park School, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The late actor Chadwick Boseman played a starring role in the first State written exam for almost two years, as just under 40,000 students sat diverse(...)

The Underground Railroad: William Jackson Harper. Photograph: Akos Stiller/New York Times

When he was a child growing up in Texas, in the 1980s, William Jackson Harper went to a show at the Cotton Bowl stadium, in Dallas. “There was some pa(...)

Vice-president Kamala Harris. File photograph: Michael M Santiago/Getty

Shortly after she made history as America’s first woman and woman of colour to serve as vice-president,  Harris is wrapping up her first (...)

David Dinkins marching at the front of the 29th annual African-American Day Parade in Harlem, flanked by Al Sharpton and Ruth Messinger, in 1997. Photograph: Michael Schmelling/AP

David Dinkins, a barber’s son who became New York City’s first black mayor on the wings of racial harmony but who was turned out by voters after one t(...)

Supporters take pictures as Donald Trump arrives for a rally at Des Moines International Airport  in Iowa. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Election Day may be 19 days away, but across the United States people have already started casting their votes. Long queues were reported again yest(...)

Chadwick Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the regal Black Panther, has died of cancer. Photograph: Victoria Will/Invision/AP

The entertainment world is reeling from the news that Chadwick Boseman, best known as Marvel’s Black Panther, has died at the age of 43. It transpired(...)

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. That Biden chose a candidate so evidently symbolising generational change has raised some Democratic hopes that he is resurrecting the winning Obama-Biden combination of 2008 and 2012. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

This week, after the most sedate US presidential campaign in recent memory, due to coronavirus, the 2020 election race suddenly got interesting. On W(...)

California senator and US vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris. Her career ‘has been defined by trailblazing’. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Just a year ago, Kamala Harris and Joe Biden were sparring on a debate stage over racism. Harris, then a Democratic presidential candidate, attacked h(...)

Washington DC has long exemplified the racial divisions of American society. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

As normal life and politics continued to hover in a strange, suspended state this week in Washington, for some residents life was more challenging tha(...)

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