David Tumusiime

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“Did Your Father Touch You?”

When she was 8 years old, Chaneya Kelly lived in a pale-yellow house on Washington Street in Newburgh, New York. She was the oldest of five kids, …

Empathy

What Life Was Like for an Executioner’s Family in the 16th Century

Neighbors in Bamberg had become accustomed to the weekly ritual getting under way in the back courtyard of Meister Heinrich Schmidt’s house and went …

Martin Luther

‘There Is Nothing New in Wall Street’: A Stock Trader’s Life in the 1920s

<i>Edwin Lefèvre | Reminiscences of a Stock Operator | 1923</i><p><i>Our latest Longreads First Chapter comes recommended by Michelle Legro:</i><p><i>Long before the “Wolf</i> …

The Race to Save Mali’s Priceless Artifacts

The Niger River narrows as it nears Lake Debo, an inland sea formed by the seasonal flooding of central Mali’s Niger Delta. With sandy banks covered …

Africa

The best writing of the week, January 5

We all know the feeling. You're sleepless in the sad hours of the night or stumbling around early on a hazy weekend morning in need of something to read, and that pile of unread books just isn't cutting it. Why not take a break from the fire hose of Twitter and RSS and check out our weekly roundup …

The oldest wine cellar in the Middle East

The storage room stocked at least 3,000 bottles’ worth of the intoxicating beverage in massive pottery jars, researchers report today (Nov. 22) at …

Janet Yellen just became the most powerful woman in US history

So the US Senate has made it a done deal. Federal Reserve vice chair Janet Yellen will be the next head of the powerful US central bank, making her arguably, the most powerful woman in US history. She’ll take over after current chairman Ben Bernanke’s term ends on Jan. 31. Here’s a look at all of …

Janet Yellen

Lovelace tells the story behind an infamous porn film

A new film tells the story behind the famous 1970s porn film, Deep Throat, focusing on the life story of its star, Linda Lovelace.<p>Lovelace looks at the tale behind one of the few porn films to crossover to a mainstream audience.<p>It also focuses on the life of its star –real name Linda Boreman – …

Amanda Seyfried

When actors go ‘off-message’

When a film star like Jim Carrey refuses to promote the movie he appears in – who is to blame? Tom Brook takes a look at both sides of the story.<p>You can usually count on Hollywood’s well-oiled marketing machine to bring its a stars together to sell a picture. So it can be quite a spectacle when a …

Jim Carrey

Documentaries look at life for gay Africans

Three new documentaries focusing on the plight of gay people in Africa have been making an impact on the festival circuit. Tom Brook takes a look.<p>God Loves Uganda explores the role that conservative American evangelicals may have had in stirring up anti-gay sentiment in Uganda.<p>Katherine Fairfax …

LGBTQ

Documentaries turn the camera on the movies

A raft of new documentaries tell the stories behind famous movies. Tom Brook explains why directors’ grandiose schemes are so fascinating to filmmakers and audiences alike.<p>One of the key attractions for cineastes at this month’s New York Film Festival is The Dog, a documentary inspired by the 1975 …

Al Pacino

JFK assassination: New film tells a different story

JFK’s assassination has been dramatised many times on screen. But now a new movie tells the story of the ordinary people caught up in the tragedy. Tom Brook reports.<p>It was a murder that shook America – and became a rich source for debate, conspiracy theories and artistic interpretation. As the 50th …

John F. Kennedy

Did Hollywood studios help the Nazis?

A controversial new book claims movie studios gave into the wishes of Hitler’s Germany. How true are its claims? And why is the subject still so raw? Tom Brook investigates.<p>Harvard scholar Ben Urwand is a mild-mannered man in his mid-30s whose new book, The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with …

Adolf Hitler

Le Week-end: Marriage, warts and all

Le Week-end is a new film by Notting Hill director Roger Michel: a portrait of a 30-year relationship that shows love isn’t always smooth sailing.<p>Le Week-end is a new film by Notting Hill director Roger Michel: a portrait of a 30-year relationship that shows love isn’t always smooth sailing.<p>Jim …

Entertainment

Slavery on film: What is Hollywood’s problem?

A new film, 12 Years a Slave is attracting attention for its brutal depiction of slavery. But why have directors been reticent to tackle the subject until now? Tom Brook reports.<p>Slavery is a dark chapter in US history. And surprisingly few Americans seem to know the full horror of what the …

Django Unchained

Fifty shades of bland: Hollywood’s leading man shortage

Tom Brook investigates why the film industry appears to be suffering a shortage of young male movie stars.<p>A recent opinion piece in Variety, one of America’s top entertainment industry publications, proclaims “Hollywood is in the midst of a “leading man crisis.” A couple of days later, US morning …

Armie Hammer

American Hustle: Sex, scandal, and 70s hair

David O Russell’s new film stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence and is considered a major Oscar contender. Tom Brook talks to the stars.<p>David O Russell’s winning streak shows no sign of stopping anytime soon. The filmmaker’s recent movies The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook …

David O. Russell