TS Eliot prize-winner Roger Robinson: I want these poems to help people to practise empathy

From a lament for the victims of Grenfell Tower to snapshots of Windrush arrivals activist, musician and poet Roger Robinson discusses the inspiration behind his prizewinning collection Since I was 19 Ive been living in England and thinking Id go home, but there was a point, around six years go, when I realised Im here now: Im black British. So says Roger Robinson, who this week won the Grenfell Tower are followed by a crisp snapshot of idealistic young Jamaicans disembarking from the A musician and cultural activist as well as a poet, Robinson is no stranger to public interventions. In 2018, he launched a Twitter appeal for 100 poems protesting about the mistreatment of the Windrush generation. He also …

Before 1917: revisiting the greatest first world war movies

The release of Sam Mendess Oscar-tipped first world war thriller places it in a limited subset of films covering a harrowing and violent period of time About 35 minutes into Peter Weirs Sam Mendess 1917 currently in theaters, its a rare chance to see how it fits into a tradition of first world war movies which have, naturally, been vastly eclipsed by movies about the war that followed two decades later. To the extent that 1917 is even about the war, it echoes the friendship at the center of Gallipoli and Franks fateful dash at the end of it, when he rushes at top speed to keep the officers in charge from sending men on a suicide mission. We dont …

Bad Boys for Life review odd-couple Miami cops back with a blast

The plots dumb but theres plenty to enjoy as Will Smith and Martin Lawrence return after 17 years to trade jibes and blow stuff up Black Knight, it was the first time I truly laughed with abandon post-9/11. With absolute seriousness, I will be forever grateful. So, while Bad Boys for Life has a completely asinine story, generic action, predictable plot beats, moronic dialogue and truly reprehensible politics, I still had a good time. Lawrence, who can tell an entire story on his face in one reaction shot, must shout Oh shit! a hundred times in Bad Boys for Life. Each time it is funny for a different reason. He uses an exclamatory Oh shit! the way Rembrandt used oils. …

Surviving R Kelly Part II: what can we learn from the horrifying update?

The second season of Lifetimes harrowing documentary detailing decades of abuse allegations against the musician covers a larger culture of complicity If the world worked as it should, there would never have been a Surviving R Kelly, the documentary series detailing nearly three decades of alleged sexual abuse much of it against minors, and almost entirely against young African American women by the R&B musician. By the time the series, produced by the activist dream hampton, aired on Lifetime last January, the allegations against R Kelly had long been public, and mounting. But it took a six-hour television event to do what multiple public lawsuits, highly publicized child sexual abuse imagesand a trial, a widely circulated tape involving sexual acts …