Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, may be considering a move to Africa sometime after the birth of their child. Just as with their wedding, the proposed move is being framed in largely positive terms — with Meghan wanting to explore her and her child’s African roots. Unfortunately, the reality is that the only tradition the couple would be embracing is the long colonial history of Britain in general — and the royal family in particular. When black radicals talked about a “back to Africa” movement, this was not exactly what they had in mind.
Most Indian families still prefer marriages arranged within their religion and caste. Marriages outside these rigid boundaries have often led to violent consequences, including “honour” killings. But some young Indians are still willing to defy their families and communities for love, reports the BBC’s Divya Arya.
The previously untold history of Britain’s mixed-race community and the many love stories that created it. In the first of this three-part series, George Alagiah tells the story of romance in the First World War between female workers and foreign seamen, the street riots it led to, and how Britain just escaped laws preventing mixed marriage and the excesses of race science.
Mixed Britannia #2: 1940-1965
Mixed Britannia #3: 1965-2011
BBC Series, 2014
More than a dozen people have called for a new inquiry into the death of soul and funk legend James Brown, in a major CNN investigation that hears allegations that he and wife Adrienne Brown were murdered.
Dame June Whitfield’s funeral has been held in West Sussex, with many of her friends and co-stars in attendance.
Absolutely Fabulous actress Jennifer Saunders was among them, as was Joanna Lumley, who said the service was “touching beyond words”.
The Cowsills are an American singing group from Newport, Rhode Island, six siblings noted for performing professionally and singing harmonies at an early age, later with their mother.
The band was formed in the spring of 1965 by brothers Bill, Bob, and Barry Cowsill; with their brother John joining shortly thereafter. Originally Bill and Bob played guitar and Barry played the drums. When John learned to play drums and joined the band, Barry began playing bass. After their initial success, the brothers were joined by their siblings Susan and Paul along with their mother, Barbara. A seventh sibling, Bob’s twin brother Richard, was never part of the band during its heyday, although he occasionally appeared with them in later years.