Harriet Tubman

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Jennifer Jewell: “I see hope and value in a self-sustaining cycle of living with plants, loving plants, learning plants, growing plants, knowing plants, interpreting plants.”  Photograph:  John Whittlesey

  We all have our heroes and it’s not surprising so many of mine belong in one way or another to the world of plants. They include gardeners, de(...)

Julia Roberts: a Hollywood substudio  head proposed the actor play Harriet Tubman. Photograph: Mike Coppola/Getty

A Hollywood executive suggested Julia Roberts play the black slavery abolitionist Harriet Tubman in a film about her life, a screenwriter has claimed.(...)

Niall Vallely: ‘I decided not to sit down and write charts and arrangements, and trusted that it would be more about these individuals playing music together than trying to get everybody to fit into some vision that I had’

When concertina player Niall Vallely premiered his provocative new Sounds Like Freedom project at the Kilkenny Arts Festival in August, the night was (...)

Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) has dinner with his imaginary friend Adolf (writer-director Taika Waititi), and his mother, Rosie (Scarlett Johansson) in Jojo Rabbit. Photograph: Kimberley French/Twentieth Century Fox

And just like that it was deep winter. The football season ceases for around 10 minutes. So we shouldn’t reel too much at the news that awards season (...)

 Donald Trump looks on during the ‘Salute to America’ 4th of July event at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. Photograph:   Brendan Smialowski/AFP

With US fighter jets flying overhead, president Donald Trump praised the military and reveled in a show of pomp and patriotism on Thursday in a celebr(...)

Joyce DiDonato: the Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano will appear at the NCH accompanied by the Il Pomo d’Oro period-instrument ensemble

Artists from Joyce DiDonato to Damon Albarn and residencies by Philip Glass and Barry Douglas will feature over the next 12 months at the National Con(...)

US president Donald Trump and musician Kanye West pose for media at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, in December 2016. Photograph: Andrew Kelly/Reuters

This just in from the department of Make America Read Again: Kanye West says slavery is a choice. “When you hear about slavery for 400 years . . . Fo(...)

Laura Bates has written the kind of sex and life education you wished you had when you were 14. Photograph: Eric Luke

Girl Up, a new guide to life for teenage girls, starts as it means to go on: by saying “f*** that” to the sexist, know-your-place messages. “I didn’t(...)

President Barack Obama speaks at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in  Washington on Saturday. Photograph: AP

President Barack Obama poked fun at Hillary Clinton’s lack of appeal among young people Saturday night, joking at the annual White House press corps d(...)

A US Library of Congress image of Harriet Tubman, shown between 1860 and 1875.

Move over, Andrew Jackson. Abolitionist and women’s rights crusader Harriet Tubman will replace the former US president on the front of the new $20 bi(...)

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