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It’s been a long time coming, 14 years to be precise. D’Angelo released his last studio album, “Voodoo” in 2000. Then like a bolt from the blue and with very little fanfare “Black Messiah” by D’Angelo and the Vanguard was released last Monday (15 December).

The hack on Sony and the cancellation of comedy film The Interview have wider implications – for political film and censorship as well as international relations.

Partisan Diary: A Woman’s Life in the Italian Resistance, by Ada Gobetti is a story of heroism, political courage and humanity. It is also a tale of fear, anguish and human emotion.

“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”.

This website, Dream Deferred, is named after a poem by Langston Hughes. So we are delighted to feature a guest post by Tayo Aluko, playwright and performer of the acclaimed Call Mr Robeson, who explains how his eyes were opened to Hughes’ work – and that of artist and director Steve McQueen, the Turner Prize and Oscar winner.

I took the Piccadilly line westwards from Kings Cross – my destination was Acton Town.