Why Gen Z Turned on Lin-Manuel Miranda

The “You’re Wrong About” treatment isn’t necessarily contrarianism, though it can be a result of that impulse; nor is it what people these days call “cancellation,” though it can often be a precursor to that. More often than not, it’s just a natural byproduct of a rapidly moving culture trying to slow down, catch its […]

Pride, power, pedals and protest: black British photographers pick a best shot

I was part of [Aids activist group] Act Up back in the day. Utah wanted to know all about it, from the marches to the Kissing Doesn’t Kill poster I featured in – the one Gran Fury made in 1989. I’m quite modest, but the more I see change happening, the more I realise I […]

Alexis Ohanian on being married to Serena Williams and his future hopes for their daughter

“Ten years ago, I would get stopped for being ‘the Reddit guy’ and that made me feel nice. And then a few years after that, people would be pitching me their startups because they knew I was doing investing and that felt nice, too. But then, a few years ago, people just started shouting at […]

TV BAFTAs 2020: Idris Elba thanks the Academy for ‘finally recognising’ him as he leads winners with Naomi Ackie and Mo Gilligan… while fans note ‘more diversity’ at event after film ceremony’s backlash

Following seven wins at this year’s British Academy Television Craft Awards, Chernobyl, the drama based on the nuclear disaster, won two more BAFTAs, for Mini-Series and Leading Actor for Jared Harris. The End Of The F***ing World, a dark comedy drama, also received the BAFTA for Drama Series.

New WhatsApp feature lets users fact-check viral messages

The example WhatsApp uses is of a message that claims “drinking fresh boiled garlic water will cure COVID-19.” Hitting the icon requests permission to search for this on the web, which brings up several fact-checking websites that show the claim to be false.

Chrome Apps are dead, as Google shuts down the Chrome Web Store section

More than a year ago, Google announced that Chrome Apps would be removed from Windows, Mac, and Linux versions of Chrome (but not Chrome OS) some time in 2017, and it seems we’ve come to that point today. Google has shut down the ”app” section of the Chrome Web Store for those platforms, meaning you can’t […]

Pepsi pulls Kendall Jenner ad after backlash

“To me, Pepsi is more than just a beverage — it registers as a pop culture icon and a lifestyle that shares a voice with the generation of today. The spirit of Pepsi — living in the ‘now’ moment — is one that I believe in. I make a conscious effort in my everyday life […]

JK Rowling shares adorable children’s drawings after launching competition to illustrate her new book The Ickabog which she is releasing for free online

‘We’ll be publishing a chapter (or 2 or 3) every weekday, starting at 3.00pm today and ending on July 10th. You don’t need to register to access the story. You can read it for free on a new website we’ll be launching shortly. But there’s more…

Can the American-led Black Lives Matter movement trigger an African awakening?

The continent that gave us icons like Kwame Nkrumah, Nelson Mandela, Fela Kuti, has also given us thousands of anonymous heroes who have sacrificed their lives with no recognition, no campaigns. The Rwandan Genocide, South Africa’s xenophobic uprisings, Boko Haram’s ongoing reign of terror in Nigeria are stark reminders of these nameless heroes; black Africans […]

‘It is Cancelled AF’: Netizens Lambast Amazon Over N-Word Being Used in Product Description

​This is not the first time that Amazon has found itself in hot water. The founder of the e-commerce giant, Jeff Bezos, once said that the company would sell “the good, the bad and the ugly”. In 2010, the company almost found itself subject to a public boycott after it refused to take down a […]