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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Screwing your way to the top?

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Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
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Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
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The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform
Climate change threatens to make the antarctic fur seal extinct

Take a good look while you can

How climate change could wipe out this seal
Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier for the terminally ill?

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Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier?
Man Booker Prize 2014 longlist: Crowdfunded novel nominated for first time

Crowdfunded novel nominated for Booker Prize

Paul Kingsnorth's 'The Wake' is in contention for the prestigious award
Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster to ensure his meals aren't poisoned

Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster

John Walsh salutes those brave souls who have, throughout history, put their knives on the line
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Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

A $25m thriller starring Sam Worthington to be made in God's Own Country
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Will The Minerva Project change the face of higher learning?

The university has no lecture halls, no debating societies, no sports teams and no fraternities. Instead, the 33 students who have made the cut at Minerva, will travel the world and change the face of higher learning
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Feet treat: 10 best pedicure products

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Great Scots! Planes and pipers welcome in Glasgow's Games
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How Newton tragedy made iron men seek help to tackle their psychological demons

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