Africa State of Mind

What does it mean to live in Africa, and be African, in the 21st century? Ekow Eshun’s new exhibition of contemporary African photography seeks to find out

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Roy of the Rovers and Modern Football

What does the soon-to-be-rebooted Roy of the Rovers tell us about the future – and the sometimes dark past – of English football?

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Sex, Race and Superhero Films

Superheroes are changing; but what will those changes mean for film, actors and us, the audience?

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The Secret Life of Cyclists

37 Things You Need To Know About Modern Britain #19. What does the popularity of bikes and the way we ride say about us?

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Modern Work is Rubbish

Long hours, low pay, endless emails, sexist bosses, stupid meetings, management-speak… when did modern work become quite so awful?

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Is Exercise the New Elitism?

From high-end athleisure-wear to clean eating, is the cult of fitness bad for our health?

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Is Exercise the New Elitism?

37 Things You Need to Know About Modern Britain #17: Has our fascination with keeping fit turned unhealthy?

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What did the Nineties do for us?

37 Things You Need to Know About Modern Britain #16: Is anything about the Nineties is worth saving or do we need to forget the decade in order to face the future?

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The Night Listeners

Over the last two decades there have been regular revolutions and upheavals in our mass media – so why does the mystery and romance of the late-night radio DJ still endure?

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Made You Look

Bug director Ekow Eshun has curated a new exhibition exploring themes of identity, maleness, race and power through photographic images of the black dandy. Here he explains the genesis of the show, and his own experiences that make up its personal background

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Is Pop Music the New Feminism?

When is presentation of your sexuality empowering and when is it exploitative? Are stars like Miley Cyrus and Nikki Minaj playing into a culture of pornification or defining their image on their own terms?

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All Shook Up

We know pop music matters, but the way it communicates with us can be hard to describe. Here’s one attempt, inspired by Elvis fans

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Does Music Still Matter?

37 Things You Need To Know About Modern Britain #14 – Is music now a spent force locked in competition with mobile phones, games, television and the internet?

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The Secret History Of Youth Culture

The youth cultures and tribal styles of 1980s Britain are now widely lauded and studied by creatives and intellectuals. But the seriousness of these treatments would have surprised the original practitioners

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The Secret History of Youth Culture

37 Things You Need To Know About Modern Britain #13 – Mods, rockers, skinheads, punks, goths, ravers; the story of modern Britain is the story of its youth cultures and tribes

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Girls Rule the World

Are women exploiting their sexuality to their advantage or simply pandering to male fantasy? What do women need to do to make an impact today? And who really calls the shots?

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Are You in Love with your Phone?

37 Things You Need To Know About Modern Britain #12 – Is our emotional attachment to our phones are changing our real-world relationships for better or for worse?

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How I learned to stop worrying and love pink

The pinkest of all pink books for girls offers surprising insight into the meaning of life

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What’s the problem with pink?

37 Things You Need To Know About Modern Britain #11 – Should we keep our rose-tinted specs on, or chuck them in the Patriarchy Dumper?

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What Zayn leaving 1D tells us about modern pop

The sort of fuss we’ve seen before? Not really, no; it’s actually a sign of One Direction’s unique post-modernity

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