Lockdown news: artist Sho Shibuya’s reimagined front pages – in pictures

When New York was in its first lockdown, in April 2020, artist Sho Shibuya found himself isolated in a studio flat in Brooklyn. “I realised that the noise of honking cars and shouting had been replaced by the sound of birds and wind in the trees. I saw the sky, as beautiful as ever despite […]

Tech platforms vowed to address racial equity: how have they fared?

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google and Amazon issued statements in response to Black Lives Matter this year but did they follow through? Following the death of George Floyd and nationwide protests against police brutality and racial inequality, some of the largest technology corporations waded into the anti-racism movement with slickly worded corporate declarations that “Black Lives […]

2020 visions: daily drawings of a very strange year – in pictures

Since Boris Johnson won the general election in December 2019, London-based artist Jolie Goodman has been making a daily digital drawing for her series 1872 days of Tory Government (which would be the length of a full five-year term). Depicting everything from Black Lives Matter protests to Prince Charles with the Covid-19 virus under his […]

‘This has never happened before!’ Bernardine Evaristo and Reni Eddo-Lodge on their history-making year

The novelist, playwright and poet talks to the writer about what their spectacular success has meant for them – and for the hopes of black female writers in future This year, in twin firsts, black British women topped both the fiction and nonfiction charts. Both successes were a long time coming, but sparked a ray […]

Tell us: how have you found the Guardian’s coverage this year?

We would like to hear your thoughts about our journalism and if there are things you’d like to see more or less of in 2021 From the Covid-19 pandemic and the climate crisis to the Brexit negotiations and the Black Lives Matter movement, this year the Guardian has covered stories which have a huge impact […]

A restaurateur, a radical chef and a cook-turned-campaigner: ‘What 2020 has taught us’

From Covid-19 to Black Lives Matter and the storm around food inequality, it’s been a tumultuous year. Three people in the hospitality industry reveal how it’s changed their lives Owner, Lunya restaurant and deli, Liverpool Continue reading…

Witchcore: ‘If you want to wear a taxidermy owl on your shoulder, this is your moment’

From bell-sleeved dresses in Topshop to a tarot-inspired collection from Dior, it seems fashion is firmly under the witches’ spell this Halloween This year’s Halloween celebrations may be scaled back considerably, but they still have a dress code. It is called “witchcore” and, while the term may be unfamiliar, you have probably seen its influence. […]

Pink emerges as 2020’s colour of political protest

Just as ‘Vote’ has become the fashion slogan of the season, pink has been reframed as the colour of activism “Political pink” has become the colour of activism in the US, as a pivotal election approaches next month. This week, celebrities including Kerry Washington, Amy Schumer and Zoe Saldana posted selfies on Instagram of themselves […]

Plan to solve Florida’s non-existent protest problem is pure ‘mini-Trump’

Governor Ron DeSantis wants to crack down on demonstrators to distract from a disastrous pandemic response, critics say For many who heard Ron DeSantis outline his proposed “Combatting Violence, Disorder and Looting Act” it was a head-scratcher. Why would Florida’s Republican governor suddenly be pushing severe penalties on protesters in a state that escaped the […]

UK schools: What are you doing for Black History Month?

We’d like to hear from UK schools about plans for projects and activities during Black History Month that have come about because of the BLM protests this summer Black History Month in the UK is observed in October and we’d like to find whether the Black Lives Matter protests across Britain, during the summer, have […]

Rebel US artist puts black lives in the Renaissance frame

A new exhibition by African-American painter Titus Kaphar challenges its audience to see pictures in a new way – by literally adding black faces In his painting for the cover of the June edition of Time magazine, published in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, American artist Titus Kaphar portrayed the pain of […]

Marilynne Robinson: ‘America still has a democratic soul’

The author of Gilead on the Black Lives Matter protests, the dangers of social media, and her latest novel, Jack Marilynne Robinson is an American novelist and essayist. One of Barack Obama’s favourite authors, she won the Pulitzer prize for fiction in 2005 for her novel Gilead. This was the first in a trilogy of […]

I’ve fallen out with my mother over her racist views. Should I reach out?

Fear will be at the root of it – so try to work out what she is afraid of, says Annalisa Barbieri I have always found many of my political and personal views to be at odds with those of family. Over the years, I’ve tried to challenge them gently about issues such as homophobia […]

Kenosha’s shocking week of turmoil sparks starkly different reactions

The police shooting of a Black man, Jacob Blake, was followed by the killing of two protesters, allegedly by a white vigilante Early in the week, events in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in America’s midwest, might have been remembered mostly as yet another shooting of an African American man by the police after a white officer fired […]

Laura Bates on the men who hate women: ‘They canonise and revere and idolise murderers’

For years, the founder of the Everyday Sexism project has had vile abuse heaped upon her. But that still didn’t prepare her for what she found in the toxic world of online misogyny Laura Bates founded the Everyday Sexism project in 2012, when she was 25, inviting women on social media to detail sexist encounters […]

‘He was extremely radical’: MLK’s children on their father’s life and George Floyd’s death

Martin and Bernice King have continued their father’s legacy, protesting for civil rights. They discuss Black Lives Matter, their ongoing grief and the upcoming March on Washington When footage of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, under the knee of a white police officer, was beamed around the world, Bernice King wept. She was five years […]

Taking a knee: athletes protest against racism around the world – in pictures

Over the past few months, athletes around the world have been kneeling in support of Black Lives Matter and wearing the phrase on jerseys and T-shirts while NBA players boycotted game five of their playoff series in protest of the police shooting against Jacob Blake Continue reading…

Vanessa Engle on Carl Beech: ‘I didn’t want to tell the story of a liar at the expense of genuine victims’

The filmmaker explains why her documentary about the fantasist jailed for making false child sexual abuse allegations is vital in the era of #MeToo and Black Lives Matter The film-maker Vanessa Engle calls it “vagina snap”: female-centred fluff that meets diversity targets, but is not the sort of documentary commissioners boast about, and certainly is […]

The movement to defund police has won historic victories across the US. What’s next?

A dozen local governments have moved to reduce their police budgets by more than $1.4bn, marking a significant shift in American politics In the days after the killing of George Floyd, an extraordinary wave of mass protests erupted across the US, with demonstrators setting fire to police buildings and cars, shutting down freeways and bridges […]

Brazilian pop sensation Anitta: ‘Run for president? I’m 27!’

Born in Rio’s favelas, Anitta became Brazil’s biggest pop star. Then a political awakening made her even more influential. She talks Bolsonaro, Black Lives Matter and bisexuality Anitta had imagined that this summer would be a break: a period in which she could record new music. It would have followed 10 years in which she […]

‘People are ready to see Black women lead’: US sees wave of progressive victories by people of color

Wins are due to energy from the Black Lives Matter movement, failure of conventional policy and the solid infrastructure of progressive organization Progressive Democrats are enjoying a wave of victories in federal primaries across the country with some especially notable triumphs for Black activist candidates. Those successes, candidates and strategists say, are due to a […]

How ‘white fragility’ reinforces racism – video explainer

Robin DiAngelo’s bestselling book White Fragility has provoked an uncomfortable but vital conversation about what it means to be white. As protests organised by the Black Lives Matter movement continue around the world, she explains why white people should stop avoiding conversations about race because of their own discomfort, and how ‘white fragility’ plays a key role […]

Will Trump actually pull federal agents from Portland? – video explainer

Federal agents accused of behaving like an ‘occupying army’ are said to be pulling out of Portland, Oregon, in an embarrassing climbdown by the White House, but many protesters are sceptical over whether the agents will actually withdraw from the city. The force, which have been dubbed by some as ‘Donald Trump’s troops’, were sent […]

From Chernobyl to Coronation Street: who will win this year’s TV Baftas?

With farewell bows from Fleabag and Catastrophe, plus some landmark political and sporting events, the panels face some knotty decisions The awards given by the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (Baftas) for excellence in TV are a fixture in the cultural calendar, awarded in some form for the past 65 years. But the […]

Covid-19 and technology: ‘This time has shown me that analogue life has its advantages’

Our leading technology writers discuss Facebook, the inexorable rise of misinformation, the success of Black Lives Matter … and the simple joys of a bird feeder Julia Carrie Wong, senior technology reporter, Guardian US: Good morning from Oakland. To kick us off, I’d love to hear how tech reporting has changed for you since the […]

How stop and search in the UK is failing black people – video explainer

There has been renewed criticism over stop and search in the UK after research found that BAME people are 54% more likely to be fined under coronavirus rules than white people. The subsequent death of George Floyd in the US and the support for the Black Lives Matter movement has brought more scrutiny to the […]

No joke: ironic racism in comedy is just not funny

From Matt Lucas and David Walliams’s Little Britain to Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat, the idea that it’s OK to be racist to mock racism is naive and dangerous In the wake of George Floyd’s death and the sudden prominence of the Black Lives Matter movement across the world, there was one area where unexpected conversations […]

John Lewis: from civil rights titan to Black Lives Matter

The late congressman’s lifelong fight for equality mirrored the US’s racial struggles He was the youngest speaker at the March on Washington in 1963. More than half a century later, he stood outside the White House surveying the words “Black Lives Matter” painted on a street. John Lewis’s story was in many ways America’s story […]