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Osman Faruqi is culture news editor for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.

Decades after NWA fought off censorship, Australia has declared its own war on hip-hop
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Decades after NWA fought off censorship, Australia has declared its own war on hip-hop

Police prevent rappers from performing live shows and threaten to remove their music from streaming platforms. It’s an intervention without precedent in Australian music history.

  • by Osman Faruqi

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Diverse representation is important, but so is what people stand for
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Diverse representation is important, but so is what people stand for

Excitement over the racial background of Boris Johnson’s likely successor obscures one of the risks that come with a focus on cultural identity and representation in politics.

  • by Osman Faruqi
Universal Music boss’ sudden exit sparks dramatic leadership change

Universal Music boss’ sudden exit sparks dramatic leadership change

Following the sudden departure of Universal Music Australia’s co-managing director, staff are bracing for more leadership change.

  • by Osman Faruqi and Nathanael Cooper
Wimbledon has changed its traditions before, so why not shift on the all-white?
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Wimbledon has changed its traditions before, so why not shift on the all-white?

Nick Kyrgios is just the latest in a long line of tennis stars who scandalised the All England Club with the crime of wearing something not entirely white.

  • by Osman Faruqi
Nick Kyrgios doesn’t owe you anything
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Nick Kyrgios doesn’t owe you anything

While his vanquished opponent admitted to unsporting behaviour during a fiery Wimbledon clash, Nick Kyrgios continues to attract criticism for his demeanour and style of play. It’s time we asked why that is.

  • by Osman Faruqi
Census exposes the forgotten Australians
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Census exposes the forgotten Australians

Renters, single mothers, migrant workers. These groups form vast sections of our population, yet they continue to be overlooked by policymakers.

  • by Osman Faruqi
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TV’s night of whites: Why are the Logie Awards taking so long to catch up on diversity?
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TV’s night of whites: Why are the Logie Awards taking so long to catch up on diversity?

Tony Armstrong’s deserved win for most popular new talent shouldn’t let Australian TV off the hook – it remains deeply unrepresentative of the community.

  • by Osman Faruqi
Why do people queue for brunch?
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Why do people queue for brunch?

On weekends across Australia, you’ll see them: the long queues outside feted eateries. Some cafes try to make long queues happen on purpose. What are they thinking?

  • by Osman Faruqi and Carla Jaeger
Australia’s descent into cruelty inspires other nations
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Australia’s descent into cruelty inspires other nations

Even with a new government, Australia is still implementing ‘appalling’ asylum seeker policies. And now other nations are borrowing from our playbook.

  • by Osman Faruqi
From Ricky Martin to Morricone: The seven best World Cup anthems of all time

From Ricky Martin to Morricone: The seven best World Cup anthems of all time

What better way to celebrate the Socceroos qualifying for their fifth FIFA World Cup in a row than by revisiting some of the tournament’s most iconic songs?

  • by Osman Faruqi
‘They’re not dinosaur movies’: Sam Neill on the enduring appeal of Jurassic Park

‘They’re not dinosaur movies’: Sam Neill on the enduring appeal of Jurassic Park

Thirty years on, and thanks to sequels, reboots and reboot sequels, Jurassic Park is one of cinema’s longest running and most financially successful franchises. Why?

  • by Osman Faruqi