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Singer Ariana Grande performs at the funeral for Aretha Franklin at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. Photograph:  Scott Olson/Getty Images

A Detroit church swelled with gospel music on Friday for the funeral of Aretha Franklin, driving mourners to their feet to clap and sing ahead of trib(...)

 Jason Kessler (C)  marches to the White House on the anniversary of last year’s ‘Unite the Right’ rally, in Washington, DC, US. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

The “Unite the Right 2” rally, organised to coincide with the anniversary of last year’s violence at a white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Vir(...)

Rev Al Sharpton with  the James Joyce Award at the L&H in  UCD. Photograph: Tom Honan.

US civil rights leader Rev Al Sharpton has described President Donald Trump’s criticism of American sports stars for kneeling in protest during the pl(...)

US representative John Lewis: “I believe in forgiveness. I believe in trying to work with people. It’s going to be very difficult.” Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

President-elect Donald Trump began a long holiday weekend that honours slain black civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr by attacking another rig(...)

 James Brown, son James Brown II and wife Tommy Ray Brown,  at a  gala dinner at the Sheraton Hotel April 6th, 2006 in New York City. Photograph: Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images

In an age when everything happens live in front of our eyes, we think we know all there is to know about our cast of public figures. Social media and(...)

Diamond Reynolds: “The police are not here to protect and serve us. They are here to assassinate us . . . Because we are black.”  Photograph: Eric Miller/Reuters

Diamond Reynolds was cool and composed as an anchorwoman on Wednesday night, her voice strong as she narrated the horrific scene around her into her p(...)

Young Bernie Sanders supporters hold Bernie posters before the campaign rally at Washington Square Park in New York on Wednesday night.  Photograph: Peter Foley/EPA

Thousands of Bernie Sanders’s supporters descended on Washington Square Park in Manhattan on Wednesday evening, bringing even more colour and energy t(...)

Ahead of Sunday’s Oscars Emma Donoghue accepts the best first screenplay award for the film ’Room’. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, one of two Irish films competing for best picture at the Oscars tonight, took two prizes at the Film Independent Spirit Award(...)

Democratic US presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Photograph: Kamil Krzaczynski/EPA

Same fighters, different issues, new arena. Entering the first voting states in the American south and west with a win and a virtual draw under his(...)

Senator Bernie Sanders in Concord, New Hampshire, where he defeated Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire Democratic primary. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/ Bloomberg

The second qualifying round in the US presidential race ended with runaway victories for Democrat Bernie Sanders, the socialist Vermont senator, and R(...)

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