Keesha Clark has 'I am Trayvon' written on her face during a march to protest the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, in Los Angeles

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After Prince Harry's last US visit ended with naked pics of him online, he was always going to be on his best behaviour this trip.

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Close shave for Hugh Jackman as female 'stalker' throws razor and pubic hair at him

Hugh Jackman told press he was “shaken up” after a woman, alleged to have been stalking the actor, burst into his gym and reportedly threw an electric razor containing her pubic hair at him.

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Harlem nights fall silent with loss of lounge

Last call at the Lenox Lounge in Harlem will be just that on New Year's Eve, as its owner will unplug its iconic neon sign and put away the shot glasses on the low mahogany bar for the very last time, unable to pay the $20,000-a-month rent now being demanded by the landlord.

Alice Jones' Arts Diary: Wallinger's film may get Channel 4 the hairdryer treatment from its viewers

They've staged an all-night rave, now Channel 4 plans to thrill viewers by broadcasting a static, silent image of a hairdresser's.

Harry Belafonte with JFK

Sing Your Song (12A) ***
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Harry Belafonte has lived his entire life in the public eye. At the same time he was becoming a worldwide star as a crooner with a lilting and seductive voice, Belafonte was fighting against injustice wherever he saw it. Susanne Rostock's engrossing documentary portrait shows how Belafonte took his cue from an earlier singer/activist Paul Robeson in using his celebrity as a political tool rather than as a means to money and fame. "Get them to sing your song and they'll what to know who you are," Robeson told him.

Leonardo Cimino: Actor whose career spanned 60 years

Leonardo Cimino epitomised the sort of character actor it is impossible to imagine as having been young.

The Harlem re-shuffle: The New York neighbourhood has been rejuvenated

It was once a no-go area, but now it attracts tourists for the right reasons.

Harlem Is Nowhere: A Journey To The Mecca Of Black America, By Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts

Few urban districts in the world trail such a rich train of associations as Harlem in New York. Described as a City of Refuge, the Cultural Capital of Black America and the epicentre of the Jazz Age, the area has also been characterised as a ruin, a prison and a ghetto devoid of hope. In her remarkable and beautifully written debut, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts navigates these complex and contradictory histories. Moving – or dancing – between memoir, folklore, literary criticism and psychogeography, she hymns this city within a city, a place at least as populated with utopian aspirations and abandoned dreams as with people.

Justin Townes Earle, Union Chapel, London

They say you can't achieve fame and fortune if you don't understand what it is to struggle. Singing of his chequered history of drugs and jail, Justin Townes Earle's unique rockabilly-meets-gospel brand of Americana certainly kept things real for this London concert.

Snatched baby finds real mother after 24 years

One of New York's most enduring and baffling cold cases that began with the disappearance of a 19-day-old infant from a Harlem hospital 24 years ago seems finally to have been solved – by the victim herself.

Geoffrey Canada: The Harlem Globetrotter who inspired Michael Gove

Having turned round the schools in one of New York's toughest areas, Geoffrey Canada tells Richard Garner how his ideas could make a difference in Britain too

Charlie Rangel, hero of Harlem, brought low by corruption charges

It is, depending on your point of view, the sad downfall of a loveable rogue – or comeuppance for a Congressional baron with an outsized sense of entitlement, who had long lost touch with the voters he was supposed to serve.

Dorothy Height: Activist who fought for the rights of black Americans for six decades

If Rosa Parks was the mother of the modern US civil-rights movement, Dorothy Height was its queen.

The fall of the Harlem Club

It was once the powerhouse of black American politics. But a series of scandals among its leading figures has soured Harlem's reputation
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