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American Dirt: Oprah book club pick suffers Latino backlash

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Image copyright @jeaninecummins In an author’s note for hit new novel American Dirt, author Jeanine Cummins says she wished “someone slightly browner than me” had written it. “But,” continued Ms Cummins, a white writer with Puerto Rican forbearers, “then I thought, if you’re a person who has the capacity to......
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Jessica Andrews wins Portico Prize for novel about female ‘poetry and power’

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Image copyright Andrew Brooks Image caption Jessica Andrews: “Lots of young northern working-class women have said, ‘That’s like my life'” A debut novel exploring the “poetry and power” of the female experience has won a literary award that rewards the best books about the north of England. Saltwater by Jessica......
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Eminem lyrics: Rapper says album was ‘not made for the squeamish’

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Eminem said his album was not for people who are “easily offended or unnerved” Eminem has responded to the recent criticism of his lyrics, saying his new album was “not made for the squeamish”. The rapper was criticised for the track Unaccommodating, which references......
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Grammy Awards boss ‘has evidence’ votes were ‘rigged’

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Image copyright CBS Image caption Deborah Dugan was placed on administrative leave 10 days before the Grammy ceremony A crisis at the Grammy Awards has deepened after the chief executive of the organising body, who is currently suspended, said she had evidence of “serious” irregularities in the voting. Deborah Dugan......
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Victoria Derbyshire ‘absolutely devastated’ after her TV show is cut

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Image caption The presenter said she was “gutted particularly for our brilliant, young, ambitious, talented team” Broadcaster Victoria Derbyshire has said she is “absolutely devastated” by the news her BBC Two show is ending. She said she first learned of the plan in The Times newspaper on Wednesday. The presenter......
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Juice WRLD: Rapper died from accidental overdose of painkillers, coroner rules

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Image copyright Getty Images A medical examiner has ruled Juice WRLD died after an accidental overdose of powerful painkillers. The rapper – whose real name is Jarad A. Higgins – died in December 2019 at the age of 21 after having a seizure. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office says:......
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Mehdi Rajabian was sent to prison for making music – but he says that won’t stop him

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Image copyright Mehdi Rajabian Image caption Mehdi Rajabian: “In the Middle East, an instrument can be as powerful as a gun.” Mehdi Rajabian could be arrested at any moment. The 30-year-old has already been imprisoned twice for making music the Iranian authorities considered unacceptable. The first time, he was kept......

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