Maya Angelou

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Irish-Sierra Leonean artist and performer known as Loah  (Sallay Garnett) travelled across the world to trace her grandfather after making a DNA connection. File photograph: The Irish Times

Back when we had more spontaneous conversations, maybe at a party or on a train, people told me about secrets within their families. Whenever I said I(...)

 Cicely Tyson who died on Thursday at the age of 96. Photograph: Harpo, Inc/PA

Tributes were paid on Friday to the actor Cicely Tyson following her death at age 96. She specialised in portraying strong black women caught up in li(...)

US president Joe Biden has signed 17 executive orders, designed to undo the major changes of the MAGA agenda. Photograph: Handout/Biden Inaugural Committee via Getty

It was not so much a torch that was passed from US president 45 to 46 but an incendiary device. By the time Donald Trump finally and reluctantly agree(...)

Portrait of psychiatrist and television personality Anthony Clare, July 1989. Photograph: Richard Farley/Radio Times/Getty

In August 1996, BBC Radio 4 broadcast an interview with Uri Geller, the Israeli magician, psychic and spoon-bending illusionist. Geller had done thous(...)

English and philosophy teacher Patrick Murtagh with his second year students in the grounds of Temple Carrig School in Greystones, Co Wicklow. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

The sense of freedom that the second year English students at Temple Carrig School in Greystones, Co Wicklow, exude in their outdoor class is palpable(...)

Nicole Beharie and Alexis Chikaeze in Miss Juneteenth

The Juneteenth holiday, celebrating the emancipation of US slaves, gathered worldwide attention this year when Donald Trump announced – either clumsil(...)

These days we often don’t welcome ageing with gratitude or open arms, but I wonder if all that will change after our Covid-19 experiences? Photograph: Rob Wilson jnr

Is there ever a good time to get old? If there is, this probably isn’t it. Coronavirus hits indiscriminately – they say – but it hits the elderly har(...)

Ruth Negga. Photograph: Tom Jamieson/New York Times

The actor, known for Preacher, Loving, Hamlet and Breakfast on Pluto, on growing up in Ireland, the movie industry, and Black Lives Matter I fan(...)

A member of staff wears a face mask at Tottenham’s training ground. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

And we’re off. Project Refund: Phase One is now operational. Although in the interests of accuracy the plan to complete the Premier League season woul(...)

Dermot Desmond: In context of him urging an interventionist approach by the State, there has been less coverage of how his wife, with two of her neighbours, has launched a case that could scupper planning permission for thousands of new homes.

Ever since he sold out of Batimore Technologies near the top of the dotcom bubble, Dermot Desmond has been famed for his timing. Timing is everything(...)

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