Young, gifted and black – and ignored

Why is the record industry failing to nurture more urban female singing talent? Matilda Egere-Cooper blames stereotyping

Terence Blacker: The futility of chasing first-time voters

They blame, whine, and do absolutely nothing to change the situation

Special Question Time episode to target first-time voters

Singer Jamelia and Apprentice winner Tim Campbell will join politicians on the panel of a special edition of Question Time targeting young people ahead of the general elect

The Literator: dital royalties; Somerset House; Foyles St Pancras; new voices

Publishers and agents are squaring up for battle over digital royalties, with Random House and Little, Brown each offering 15 per cent of receipts. At present, sales of e-books are tiny, and of audiobook downloads not much larger. But with publishing's iPod moment expected, the trade has to be ready. Amazon has not yet revealed a date for the UK release of its Kindle e-book reader, but its purchase of Audible, a download specialist, points to a Kindle 2 aimed at readers and listeners. A new Sony e-Reader is expected while, in Barcelona, Polymer Vision unveiled its Readius device: a rolling e-ink reader with 10-day battery life. One of these devices may well capture our imaginations as a nifty alternative to printed books.

Pandora: Scrum down at the Dorchester?

David Beckham is universally regarded as the sporting world's foremost gay icon, but a rival is orchestrating the sort of public relations coup even Becks would be proud of.

Diversity is the loser at Brit awards as black artists are eclipsed by their white imitators

WITH A roll-call of winners as varied as The Streets, Robbie Williams and Franz Ferdinand, the diversity of this year's Brits, the biggest night in British rock and pop, looked beyond dispute.

All-white Brit winners spark fury over lack of diversity

WITH A roll-call of winners as varied as The Streets, Robbie Williams and Franz Ferdinand, the diversity of this year's Brits, the biggest night in British rock and pop, looked beyond dispute.

Joss Stone, the urban diva from Devon, is crowned queen of the Brit Awards

JOSS STONE, the teenage soul singer from Devon, beat competition from rivals including the strongly tipped Jamelia and last year's most notable debutante Natasha Bedingfield to be the star of the Brit Awards last night.

'If you play too much, only winning matters'

A SCHOOLBOY race across an icy river . . . John Major's vision of competitive sport was alive and well last week at Wallington County Grammar School in Sutton, south London, writes Fran Abrams.
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The young are the new poor

Sharp increase in the number of under-25s living in poverty
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Greens on the march

‘We could be on the edge of something very big’
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Through the stories of his accusers
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The Meaning of Mongol

Why are the words 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?
Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible