Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. They can be firefighters saving lives. They can be actors winning prizes. They can be charity workers raising money for people in need. They can be the person next door — or celebrities influencing millions. Inspiring lives is a series that celebrates modern role models, living today. Read the stories to learn about the artists, athletes, politicians, activists and many more who continue to inspire us in our daily lives.
From anti-racist protester to accidental hero
Can a chance photo change society? Patrick Hutchinson became a public figure this summer after he rescued a man at a Black Lives Matter march. Now, he is using his fame to fight inequality.
The man taking the fashion world by storm
Can fashion influence politics? As part of our series on modern role models to mark Black History Month, we look at the stellar career of the ground-breaking magazine editor Edward Enninful.
The woman who reached for the stars
Is space travel the ultimate human achievement? Continuing our series on modern role models to mark Black History Month, we look at the extraordinary life of astronaut Mae Jemison.
The karate kid racing into the history books
Is Lewis Hamilton the world’s greatest sporting champion? As part of our series on modern role models to mark Black History Month, we look at the motor-racing ace’s extraordinary career.
Zephaniah: the poet who set the world on fire
Does inspiration come from within? To mark Black History Month, The Day is launching a series of stories about modern black role models. Our first is the hugely popular Benjamin Zephaniah.
‘It doesn’t matter about your sexuality’
Is Strictly Come Dancing a force for good? Some see its same-sex announcement as profit-driven publicity-seeking, while others celebrate it as a positive step towards social change.
Open your wallet, but mind how you do it
Is it wrong to talk about charity? Manchester United star Marcus Rashford is working to save children from hunger, but many people feel uncomfortable about receiving strangers’ help.
Black Panther’s legacy will ‘live on forever’
Is the future African? Black Panther fans are grieving the death of the actor who brought the superhero to life. For some, Wakanda was just a fantasy, but for others, it is the future.
Beyoncé film sparks debate over Afrofuturism
Has Beyoncé romanticised Africa? The superstar’s new movie, the visual album Black Is King, has wowed the critics. But some say she has focused too much on what Africa was in the past.
How to change the world with a ‘louding voice’
Is finding your voice the key to a better society? The Girl with the Louding Voice has gripped thousands. Now, new research shows a surprising link between cooperation and individuality.
Record as five black women win beauty crowns
Is this progress? Five black women now hold all the world’s top beauty titles, a development which is being hailed despite the troubled histories and controversial values of pageants.
Stormzy rocks at the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’
Do experiences matter more than things? According to millions of posts today, this year’s Glastonbury Festival will be the memory of a lifetime for many fans. Is this part of a deeper trend?
Michelle Obama: I still have impostor syndrome
Is a little anxiety good for us? This week, Michelle Obama has been in London sharing stories of her time as first lady. Despite her success, she revealed she often felt fear and panic.
Oprah Winfrey tipped to be next US president
Should Oprah Winfrey run for president? After a stirring Golden Globes speech some think she could beat Trump in 2020. But for others, another TV star in the White House would be a disaster.
First black Iago cast in Shakespeare’s Othello
Shakespeare’s villain will be played by a black actor for the first time in Britain, the Royal Shakespeare Company has announced. Is this a great step forward for racial equality in acting?