I went to a school called Martin Luther King Elementary, which is located on Martin Luther King Boulevard, in Miami, Florida. […]

I’ve never experienced the sort of things my grandparents or even my parents did, the racial disparity that they experienced in a very direct way. The first time I was called a derogatory name by a white person was when I was in Stratford-upon-Avon, in residence at the RSC. That never happened to me in the US.

The playwright Tarell Alvin on how Martin Luther King’s speech influenced him, growing up in Miami, and the consequences of the killing of Trayvon Martin: http://gu.com/p/3hqge

Photograph: Richard Saker for the Observer

"When I first signed for Liverpool we’d have beers on the bus; now you’ll find hair gels in the dressing room": Jamie Redknapp shot at Sky Sports in Middlesex.

http://gu.com/p/3hpad

Photograph: Perou for the Observer

Smart thinking: product designer Alexander Taylor product designer in his east London studio Photograph: Katherine Rose for the Observer http://gu.com/p/3hpan

Smart thinking: product designer Alexander Taylor product designer in his east London studio Photograph: Katherine Rose for the Observer http://gu.com/p/3hpan


Kele Okereke: ‘Being in Bloc Party isn’t always easy’
The lead singer and guitarist on being bold and life beyond the band – including DJing and writing a novel
Photograph: Sophia Evans for the Observer

Kele Okereke: ‘Being in Bloc Party isn’t always easy’

The lead singer and guitarist on being bold and life beyond the band – including DJing and writing a novel

Photograph: Sophia Evans for the Observer


The future of fertility: is it really too late for a baby?
For decades women have been told that their fertility falls dramatically through their 30s – knowledge which affects their choice of career and relationship. But the biological clock doesn’t run as fast as we’ve been told. Jean Twenge reports
Photograph: Louisa Parry for the Observer

The future of fertility: is it really too late for a baby?

For decades women have been told that their fertility falls dramatically through their 30s – knowledge which affects their choice of career and relationship. But the biological clock doesn’t run as fast as we’ve been told. Jean Twenge reports

Photograph: Louisa Parry for the Observer

Lianne La Havas: ‘I get pure happiness from making songs’

She is compared to Sade and Amy Winehouse, with the biggest names in music lining up to duet with her. Barbara Ellen meets Lianne La Havas, the south London singer and songwriter taking the world by storm Photograph: Suki Dhanda for the Observer 

In the aftermath of the Utøya island shooting in Norway in November 2011, Andrea Gjestvang began taking portraits of its young survivors. Her pictures won her the top prize at the Sony World Photography awards http://gu.com/p/3fc55 
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Scars for life: Eirin Kjaer (20) hid in a cave. She was shot in her stomach, arm, knee and armpit when trying to protect younger friends. Photograph: Andrea Gjestvang/Sony World Photography Awards

In the aftermath of the Utøya island shooting in Norway in November 2011, Andrea Gjestvang began taking portraits of its young survivors. Her pictures won her the top prize at the Sony World Photography awards http://gu.com/p/3fc55 

Photo:

Scars for life: Eirin Kjaer (20) hid in a cave. She was shot in her stomach, arm, knee and armpit when trying to protect younger friends. Photograph: Andrea Gjestvang/Sony World Photography Awards

Laura Marling: ‘Americans – they’re just a lot more poetic’

Singer-songwriter Laura Marling talks to Tom Lamont about lyrics, love, her new album and why she decided to move from London to LA

Photograph: Steve Schofield for the Observer

The 10 best celebrity reinventions – in pictures

If the times they are a-changing, then you could do worse than change with them. Here’s our selection of the most well-judged image shifts in modern culture

Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian, Rex Features, & Richard Saker for the Observer

Rupert Everett has long been a martyr to his passions, but lately he’s had something else on his mind. Victoria Coren, a lifelong fan, joins him for dinner to talk about his excoriating memoirs, his portrayal of Oscar Wilde and his urge to be a serious man

Photograph: Hamish Brown for the Observer