Protests Swell in Georgia Over ‘Foreign Interests’ Bill

The authorities in the Eastern European nation said security forces had used water cannons and tear gas as demonstrators took…


Philippines Closes Schools as Heat Soars to ‘Danger’ Level

Scorching temperatures coincided with a nationwide strike of jeepneys, the main mode of public transport in the country.


Beyoncé’s ‘Cowboy Carter’ Settles the Score With Haters — and With History

Beyoncé released a genre-bending country album, “Cowboy Carter,” last week. After listening to it in all the requisite settings —…


Alice Randall Made Country History. Black Women Are Helping Tell Hers.

In “My Black Country,” the musician and author who cracked a Nashville color barrier is telling her story — and…


Oct. 7 Shattered Netanyahu’s Legacy. The War Saved Him — for Now.

The moment Israel’s devastating war in the Gaza Strip ends, the unfinished conflict within Israel over its future will begin…


Beyoncé’s Country Is America: Every Bit of It

On the bold, sprawling “Cowboy Carter,” the superstar plays fast and loose — and twangy — with genre.


Beyoncé’s ‘Cowboy Carter’ Is Here, and It’s Much More Than Country

The superstar’s new LP is a 27-track tour of popular music with a Beatles cover, cameos by Willie Nelson and…


Does Country Radio’s Treehouse Have Room for Beyoncé?

The pop superstar’s new album, “Cowboy Carter,” could be a litmus test for a format that’s long been inhospitable to…


Black Pop Artists Have Long Gone Country. Here’s a Brief History.

When Beyoncé’s “Cowboy Carter” arrives next week, it’ll join a lineage of albums by stars including Ray Charles, the Pointer…


My Country Is Witnessing a Messy, Buffoonish End of Rule

On Dec. 31, 1980, Léopold Sédar Senghor, the first president of Senegal, announced that he was leaving power. At 74,…

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