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“What’s going on?” my mom said. “Oh, Nombuyiselo,” she said. “Trevor is so naughty. He’s the naughtiest child I’ve ever come across in my life.” “Then you should hit him.” “I can’t hit him.” “Why not?” “Because I don’t know … Continue reading

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Audiences in black & white

It was Stax night at the Proms last week. I gave it a rave in the Times. Yes, the 75-minute running time was too brief – with so many singers on the programme (Eddie Floyd, Sam Moore, Beverley Knight, Tom Jones, … Continue reading

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Faces of Brazil

One of the official posters for the Olympics. (“It’s really hard for us in Brazil to choose one artist to represent the Games.”). When it comes to ideals of feminine beauty, on the other hand, the country still seems to prefer … Continue reading

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Another country

My Times review [£] of Margo Jefferson’s account of growing up in the African-American upper class: Here is a corner of life that normally goes unseen. We hear so much about race in America — almost every week, it seems, … Continue reading

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Publishers like books on race to be controversial. Who cares about complexities?  “Truth is, some white people drink Hennessey. Some black people jog.”

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