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FOR TOO long the African-American singer, dancer and actress Francine Everett has been denied her place in the history of American cinema. This is partly because she refused to play stereotypical roles such as maids in 1930s Hollywood. Though she later became a leading lady in several "race" movies of the mid-1940s, and won popularity with black audiences, it took years for these low-budget productions to be given any serious critical attention.

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Obituary: Dorothy West

DOROTHY WEST began her writing career as a minor part of the Harlem Renaissance of black artists in the Twenties and early Thirties. However, she didn't publish her first novel, The Living Is Easy, until 1948, then left almost a 50-year gap before publishing her second, The Wedding, in 1995. That The Wedding was published at all was thanks to the interest of her neighbour at her home on Martha's Vineyard, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, then an editor at Doubleday.

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Music: JOSE FELICIANO; JAZZ CAFE, LONDON

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IN 20 YEARS of going to rock concerts, two of the most moving live experiences I have had came in church, at gospel services in Harlem and Brooklyn. Gospel is not just the foundation of rock, but one of its zeniths: a soaring, surging, swelling sound which simply lifts up your heart. And all you have to believe in is the power of music.

What Hillary saw last week in New York - Harlem renewed

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Grandson admits killing Malcolm X's widow

The 12-year-old grandson of Malcolm X yesterday pleaded guilty to the equivalent of second-degree manslaughter and second-degree arson in the fire which killed his grandmother, Betty Shabazz, last month.

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