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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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?

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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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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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

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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