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Here's some pictures of KAOS crush Harry Aikines-Aryeetey warm weather training in Tenerife in January, and at last weekend's Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham. The races are down below - both heats of the 60m, and the final.
Just devastating: The AIDS Memorial Instagram, dedicated to the memories of people we've lost to AIDS. Above, Askia: "Askia is my uncle. He was a pianist, visual artist, and singer. He sang in the navy choir. He sang in front of Ronald Reagan. He was the most pro Black person I knew. Askia died misunderstood and at times scorned for being the person he grew into - that he sometimes wanted to change, but couldn't."
A theory of jerks. "Are you surrounded by fools? Are you the only reasonable person around? Then maybe you’re the one with the jerkitude."
Manager of Washington, D.C. gay bar JR's exposed as racist after allegedly requesting a “hot white guy” replace a black model in an advertisement.
Hillary Clinton plots her next move. "The Democrat has been studying election presentations, including reports on where she underperformed... Former Pennsylvania governor and DNC chair Ed Rendell, a longtime family friend: 'I’m certain Trump will screw up enough that by the fall of ’18, Hillary’s numbers will be way up again.'"
"This is the best moment, isn't it?" An open letter to Trump, from the creator of Veep and The Thick of It. "Soon the consequences of what you are doing will spread throughout the world. And, once done, they can’t be undone. Yes, you will be remembered for a very, very long time. Fact."
Thousands around the world protest Trump's immigration bans. "From London to Glasgow to Tokyo, demonstrators sent a message to their governments that they oppose Trump's anti-immigration policies."
The crack in the shield. On the rise and fall of the Seven-Seven - stationed in 1980’s war zone Crown Heights, Brooklyn - and how an idealistic young recruit became part of cash-snatching, drug-reselling, renegade clique of cops. (December 1986)
MEXICO The Hustlers and Hooligans Awaiting Trump’s ‘Economic War’ on Mexico. In a poor neighbourhood on the outskirts of Guadalajara, where jobs are already scarce, uncertainty and drug trade go hand in hand.
ISRAEL Hundreds of new settlement homes approved for East Jerusalem. Meir Turgeman, chair of the municipality's Planning and Building committee: "I was told to wait until Trump takes office because he has no problem with building in Jerusalem."
AUSTRALIA The year-long visceral backlash over a chalkboard message. "For Matt Chun, the national ritual is fraudulent and indefensible and he wants visitors to his cafe in the coastal town of Bermagui to know it."
REVIEWEros and Dust, by Trebor Healey. "A collection that tosses out nuggets of insight. For instance, in Pedro and the Mark, Healey writes, 'It’s why Theo didn’t miss America and hadn’t gone back: the endlessly neurotic moralizing which made every SUV-driving, coffee-swilling, sanctimonious resource hog an expert on what to do about the ravaged planet that apparently wasn’t their fault.'"
REVIEW Jitney, starring Moonlight's André Holland. "August Wilson peers into the lives of men steering gypsy cabs around Pittsburgh’s Hill District. The year is 1977, and the mostly Black neighborhood is staring down the fate of foreclosures and gentrification. But Manhattan Theatre Club’s beautifully realized production finds hope in Wilson’s detailed portraits of men so often marginalized and rarely represented with such loving detail."
First cast members revealed for West End production of Hamilton, including Giles Terera.
How queer films learned to put sex front and centre. "New French film, Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo, kicks things off with 18 minutes of straight-up gay sex. It's part of a wave of new eroticism, and it's a more radical act than you might think."
On Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo. "Thanks to the brave young actors and the cinematic verve of the directors (a real life couple, best known previously for the gay road trip movie The Adventures of Felix, 2000) what follows their anonymous encounter, is an unexpectedly moving and even sweet movie about budding relationships, personal responsibility, and frank honesty."
REVIEW The Wound. "Trengove builds a sense of dread among the three central characters, their wary gazes and physical provocations brimming with potential violence. Recognizing uneasy truths about themselves in one another, they’re each threatened, with Xolani caught between the swaggering Vija, whom he loves, and the defiant Kwanda, who boldly questions, and withdraws from, the rite of passage."
"Filmmaking is terribly colonial. We'll grab you, take what we want from you and then fuck off, and you'll never hear from us again." Danny Boyle discusses Trainspotting 2 and more.
Netflix’s Frontier tries to turn Canadian history into Game of Thrones. It's a mess.
On Skins at ten. "Skinsis now a period drama about a long-lost breed of hedonistic teens. But a decade on, it’s still funny, still outrageous – and it propelled its stars to greatness, from Game of Thrones to the Oscars."
INTERVIEWTalking to Parisian DJ, producer, vocalist and fashion provocateur Kiddy Smile.
WATCH Blue's Duncan James pays a visit to Here She Is.
George Michael’s "secret ex-lover" claims chemsex drug Liquid G caused the singer’s death...
...And his cousin, Andros Georgiou, claims Michael had become "a recluse" in his final years.
Wiley: the enigmatic Godfather of Grime. "After more than a decade of being fetishised and then written off, grime now dominates British pop culture. To understand why, you need to understand the man who created it."
E-40's eternal comeback. E-40 has returned “making music the way he did back in the late ’80s: completely independently, selling his raps more or less directly to his fans,” twenty-two years on.
LISTEN Blood Orange and Starchild & the New Romantics - VeilHymn.
What your first day in prison is like. And finally, Andrew (this week's delicious cover star) makes up; the Baddie Twinz put themselves about; Rogue "Marbie" Scott on transgender mothers; and Walter on why he loves Trump...
"I would also like to take this opportunity to squash the persistent rumours about mysterious 'disappearances' and emphasize that rural and urban areas are now enjoying a life of harmony and peace. I'm sure you're glad to hear this. And I'm happy you're glad."