Craig McLean

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Society

Shamima Begum: stateless, helpless, hopeless

A new Sky Original documentary spent two years filming ISIS brides trapped in camps in Syria. Should these young Western women – including the East London former schoolgirl – be allowed home? The filmmaker knows what she thinks.

Culture

Romeo & Juliet: the Covid Cut

Jessie Buckley and Josh O’Connor, the doomed lovers in the National Theatre’s disruptive new play-as-a-TV-film, explain why their Shakespeare adaptation is the right drama for right now.

Culture

David Arquette: fake it till you make it

The star of the Scream films was also an improbable wrestling star – too improbable even for wrestling. A new documentary chronicles the actor’s attempts at a comeback in the so-called sport. But does it have the ring of truth?

Archive

So Solid Crew: swaggering to the top of the charts

August 2001: They’ve been banged up, shot at, knifed, adored, ripped off, sampled and mobbed. There’s 30 of them and the youngest is eight. They’ve brought mob rule to the charts and rebuilt pop for the 21st century. This is So Solid Crew: get UR streets on to the future sound of young Britain.

Archive

Godspeed you black emperor!

Black History Month: It's September 1999. He is Napoleon in Pumas. In LA, he brokers peace for Biggie and Tupac. In London, he buys champagne for 700 friends. In Paris, he parties with George Lucas. And back in New York, there are the Spanish and rock markets to conquer… Has Puff Daddy come to save hip-hop, or to bury it?

Music

A reassuring chat with Chuck D

If ever there’s a time to call up Chuck D, it’s in this burning trash can of a moment. The leader of legendary rap group Public Enemy is as politically and socially conscious as ever on the eve of their 15th studio album, What You Gonna Do When the Grid Goes Down?.

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