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Michael K Williams had a future as a Left activist

He wasn’t just one of the most talented actors in America. He was also in the middle of a political awakening, speaking out on issues ranging from police reform to reducing poverty

Into outer space with a synthesiser: How Berlin’s free spaces nurtured avant-garde music

The cultural shifts in post-war Germany led to truly distinct forms of pop music, particularly in Berlin

The Portfolio: ‘neuf-3’ — a public art project in Saint-Denis, Paris

The ‘neuf-3’ art project, curated by Riason Naidoo, aims to pay tribute to the African communities of Saint-Denis — and of Paris

Review: Ghosts that cannot be contained

The short film Container, which straddles virtual reality and fine art installation, provides a visceral re-examination of both historical and late capitalism

Review: State capture is business as usual in ‘Vagabond’

The South Korean Netflix drama will resonate with audiences, for all the wrong reasons

Iron Curtain’s mutant funk: The fractions of Kyiv’s club music

Rules around live band repertoires in Ukraine under the Soviet Union gave birth to bizarre musical permutations

The Portfolio: Tshepiso Moropa digs up family treasures

Tshepiso Moropa used her parents’ marriage as inspiration for her latest collage, titled Til Death Do Us Apart

Screen Grab: ‘Inhuman Resources’ — Cantona hits dark places with his collar up

In 'Inhuman Resources', the former footballer switches off his roguish charm, to gripping effect

The day Thembe Mahlaba won an Emmy award

Thembe Mahlaba, one third of Pap Culture, recounts how the channel got into its groove

The Portfolio: How Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry gave Bob Marley his chops

An extract from the biography ‘People Funny Boy’: how the maverick producer transformed the sound of reggae and its number-one group

Lewis Nkosi and All the Things We Could Be by Now if We Were Free

The focus of a new book on Lewis Nkosi is his plays rather than his tsotsi-like critiques

Review: Koleka Putuma brings black women history back into the fold

The poet’s new book does the necessary work of reinscribing women into history, but is it poetry

Growing up among the traders at the Oriental Plaza

This is an edited extract from Razina Theba’s new book 'A Home on Vorster Street: A Memoir'

Screen Grab: In the land of the lotus eaters

Hawaii hotel drama ‘The White Lotus’ is a shade warmer than ‘Succession’ in its assault on American privilege — but it carries a riptide of savage wit.

How drummer Charlie Watts infused the Rolling Stones with a little jazz

A drummer’s contribution to one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands

Hier kom Lister! On the ‘Comrade Editor’s’ lifelong commitment to activism and journalism

Gwen Lister’s book, ‘Comrade Editor’, weaves together a narrative from the strands of her own life, her journalism, and the wider context of Namibia’s struggle for independence

Can Donda save Kanye West?

After flirting with right-wing politics, the Chicago rapper seeks not only to redeem himself as a liberal black figure, but settle the question of his relevance as an artist

Screengrab: ‘Wesens’ has the final weird

In the Afrikaans sci-fi gem on Showmax, found footage reveals an inexplicable object in the Karoo

Review: Mahmood Mamdani on the ‘non-national’ state

Mahmood Mamdani’s latest book, ‘Neither Settler nor Native’ asks a political question: Rights for whom?
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