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Revisiting various avatars of Black Superman, from Calvin Ellis inspired by Barack Obama to Shaquille O'Neal's Steel
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Revisiting various avatars of Black Superman, from Calvin Ellis inspired by Barack Obama to Shaquille O'Neal's Steel

Who would be the next Black Superman? In 2019, Michael B Jordan told Oprah Winfrey he does not see himself as Clark Kent, but could play Calvin Ellis, a comic book superhero inspired by Barack Obama.

Obama family matriarch, 'Mama Sarah', passes away in Kenyan hospital at 99
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Obama family matriarch, 'Mama Sarah', passes away in Kenyan hospital at 99

She was the founder of the Mama Sara Obama Foundation, which provided food and education for orphans in her rural Kogelo village

In the time of a pandemic and low buzz, how Oscar campaigns are going virtual
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In the time of a pandemic and low buzz, how Oscar campaigns are going virtual

For Hollywood’s virtual awards scene, the pandemic has vaporised the froth and created an atmosphere more akin to a dirge.

Renegades: Barack Obama, in upcoming podcast with Bruce Springsteen, credits his mother for his path
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Renegades: Barack Obama, in upcoming podcast with Bruce Springsteen, credits his mother for his path

Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham, was an anthropologist who worked to help improve the lives of the poor in Indonesia.

Why Oprah Winfrey's interview special with Meghan Markle, Prince Harry won't air on any streaming platform
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Why Oprah Winfrey's interview special with Meghan Markle, Prince Harry won't air on any streaming platform

Oprah Winfrey’s interview of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry was a rarity in the age of streaming: a cultural event powered by network TV.

Mike Tyson to Serena Williams, sports stars wish Tiger Woods a speedy recovery
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Mike Tyson to Serena Williams, sports stars wish Tiger Woods a speedy recovery

The accident occurred at around 7:15 am local time on Tuesday in south Los Angeles.

Tiger Woods car crash: Jack Nicklaus 'concerned,' Bryson DeChambeau 'heartbroken', Barack Obama 'sends prayers'
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Tiger Woods car crash: Jack Nicklaus 'concerned,' Bryson DeChambeau 'heartbroken', Barack Obama 'sends prayers'

Bryson DeChambeau noted the fabled comeback of Ben Hogan, who was involved in a 1949 car crash but won six of his nine major titles after the injuries

Tiger Woods 'awake, responsive, recovering' after surgery on both legs following serious roll-over car crash
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Tiger Woods 'awake, responsive, recovering' after surgery on both legs following serious roll-over car crash

Woods underwent surgery to repair "significant orthopaedic injuries" to his lower right leg and ankle, which included the insertion of a rod into his tibia and the use of "a combination of screws and pins" to stabilise his foot and ankle

Barack Obama, Bruce Springsteen turn podcast hosts with Spotify's Renegades: Born in the USA
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Barack Obama, Bruce Springsteen turn podcast hosts with Spotify's Renegades: Born in the USA

On Monday, Spotify released the first two episodes of Renegades: Born in the USA, featuring the 44th president and the singer of the anthemic hit name-checked in the show’s title.

Joe Biden, for long a critic of deployments in Afghanistan, faces a looming 1 May deadline
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Joe Biden, for long a critic of deployments in Afghanistan, faces a looming 1 May deadline

Biden has kept in place Zalmay Khalilzad, the diplomat who had negotiated the peace agreement under Trump, in hopes of continuity in dealing with the Taliban and the Afghan government

Barack Obama's speechwriter Cody Keenan to publish memoir set around the 2015 Charleston shootings
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Barack Obama's speechwriter Cody Keenan to publish memoir set around the 2015 Charleston shootings

The book’s title refers to a theme of Obama’s response to Charleston and to one of the most emotional moments of his presidency: his singing of 'Amazing Grace' during his eulogy at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church for one of the victims, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney.

Seth Rogen's debut book, a collection of personal essays, to release in May 2020
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Seth Rogen's debut book, a collection of personal essays, to release in May 2020

Rogen's debut book will talk about his stand-up career, moving to LA as well as his childhood.

India's UNSC permanent seat bid a 'matter of discussion,' says Linda Thomas-Greenfield, likely next US envoy to world body
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India's UNSC permanent seat bid a 'matter of discussion,' says Linda Thomas-Greenfield, likely next US envoy to world body

Three previous administrations have publicly stated that the US supports India's bid to be a permanent member of the UN Security Council

Barack Obama on writing A Promised Land, the books that shaped his politics and how he found his voice
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Barack Obama on writing A Promised Land, the books that shaped his politics and how he found his voice

Because he thinks the computer can lend “half-baked thoughts the mask of tidiness,” Barack Obama writes his first drafts longhand on yellow legal pads; the act of typing it into the computer essentially becomes a first edit.

Donald Trump hopeful of continuing as US president, reiterates allegation of 'fraud and deception' in election
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Donald Trump hopeful of continuing as US president, reiterates allegation of 'fraud and deception' in election

Trump's statement comes days before the official certification of the 3 November polls in favour of his Democratic opponent Joe Biden

As President-elect Joe Biden picks his top officials, a brief look at ghosts of Cabinets past
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As President-elect Joe Biden picks his top officials, a brief look at ghosts of Cabinets past

Confirmation hearings of Joe Biden's Cabinet picks are likely set to make for interesting viewing, what with the President-elect already facing pressure both from within and without

President-elect Joe Biden's pick of Neera Tanden as OMB head threatens to spark political fight
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President-elect Joe Biden's pick of Neera Tanden as OMB head threatens to spark political fight

If confirmed at the Office of Management and Budget, Tanden would be responsible for preparing Biden’s budget submission and would command several hundred budget analysts, economists and policy advisers with deep knowledge of the government

President-elect Joe Biden to nominate ex-Fed chair Janet Yellen as treasury secretary
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President-elect Joe Biden to nominate ex-Fed chair Janet Yellen as treasury secretary

Yellen became Federal Reserve chair in 2014 when the economy was still recovering from the devastating Great Recession. In the late 1990s, she was then president Bill Clinton’s top economic adviser during the Asian financial crisis

US announces sanctions on Chinese, Russian firms supporting Iran's nuclear deal
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US announces sanctions on Chinese, Russian firms supporting Iran's nuclear deal

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said that the the four firms, accused of transferring sensitive technology and items to Iran's missile programme, will be subject to restrictions on US government aid for two years

From 'Secretary of Trump' Pompeo to 'Biden's alter ego' Blinken, US foreign policy set for sea change
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From 'Secretary of Trump' Pompeo to 'Biden's alter ego' Blinken, US foreign policy set for sea change

The two men provide a study in contrast: Where Pompeo has the reputation of being abrasive and blustery, Blinken has been described as "soft-spoken" with a gift for self-deprecating humour