By Lakshmi Gandhi

Lakshmi Gandhi is a freelance journalist and an editor at The Aerogram, where she writes about all things South Asian. You can find her on Twitter at @LakshmiGandhi.

  1. “Beatle John Lennon married his Japanese mistress, Yoko Ono, in a civil ceremony today in Gibraltar, the Beatles’ office announced.”

    That was how the Associated Press began its article on the wedding between avant-garde artist Yoko Ono and the singer-songwriter John Lennon on this day 45 years ago: March 20, 1969.

    The fact that the phrase “Japanese mistress” was used in a newspaper article is startling, especially considering that in 1969,

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  2. If you’ve read or watched any of the coverage of Shirley Temple’s death in the last two weeks, you’ve probably seen a mention of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, the dazzling tap dancer who co-starred with Temple in some of her most memorable films. Temple probably had no idea at the time, but her dance routines with “Uncle Billy” were remarkable not only for their seemingly effortless precision and beauty, but also because they managed to shatter…

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