It’s official: The Black Vote matters!


It was revealed this week that the Tories have seen a dramatic fall in their popularity among ethnic-minority voters. A private Downing Street poll showed support plummeting to its lowest level since Iain Duncan Smith was party leader.

Lubaina Himid: Turner prize winner


Like the African American actor, Morgan Freeman, success has come late to the brilliant artist Lubaina Himid. And we can only hope that winning the prestigious Turner Prize will now catapult Himid onto the world art stage. What is for sure is that her work is both beautiful, compelling and deeply political.

At the young age of 63, Himid becomes the first woman of colour to win the Turner Prize, with high praise from the judges for addressing, ‘difficult, painful’ issues.

Daily Mail to Katie Hopkins: You're fired!


Bigoted columnist Katie Hopkins, who rose to fame on the third series of the Apprentice, has left the Daily Mail’s online counterpart Mail Online by alleged “mutual consent”. This follows an agreement to pay Jackie Teale, a teacher, “substantial damages” due to an article Hopkins had written that falsely accused Teale of escorting her class to an anti-Donald Trump demonstration in Westminster.

MOBO Awards recognize black musical talent


Last night, the 2017 MOBO Awards were held at Leeds Arena.

The MOBO Awards – standing for ‘Music of Black Origin’ – have been broadcast since 1996 with the purpose of recognizing and awarding artists of all backgrounds who perform black-originated genres of music. The most prestigious ceremony of its kind in the United Kingdom, the MOBOs can be compared to the American BET Awards in cultural significance.

OBV to Community Action Lewisham - United as One



Last week I bumped into Janett Morgan and asked her how she was doing and what she was up to. She informed me about the brilliant work she has been doing since finishing the Lewisham leadership project. I was thrilled and amazed. I asked her to drop me a note about her activism. Here it is. If you want to get involved in this dynamic group contact Simon Woolley.

Claudine Duberry's community-building 'Family Fun Day'


OBV and CLG's Parliamentary Shadowing Scheme participant, Claudine Duberry, speaks to Ayan Goran about her award winning work.

Claudine Duberry – author of Guns, Gangs, and the Implication for Social Workers – is taking steps towards positive change through her youth outreach program, Taking Positive Steps.

Will Meghan’s Royal wedding move the cultural dial?


Any announcement of a big Royal wedding is always met with a media frenzy, but this forthcoming wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle adds particular interest. That’s not just because she’s American, an actress, and a divorcee, but perhaps most importantly because she’s mixed heritage with an African American mother. Think about this for a second; the third in line to the throne, is marrying a descendent of a enslaved African.

Mal Sainsbury apologises for ‘horse whip’ Mayor remark


A Bristol Labour party member – featured in an article earlier this week – who remarked that she would like to take a “horse whip” to Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, has come forward with an apology for her choice of language.

Mal Sainsbury, the party member in question, had posted in the Bristol Labour Party Members Facebook page, asking others to bring a “metaphorical horse whip to lick our mayor and councillors into shape”.

Robert Mugabe: The end of an era


All white leadership: University Challenge


In the wake of Black History Month, it seems as though the debates on higher education’s snow-capped institutions persist. In an article recently published by the Guardian, the deputy director at the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Research in Race and Education, Professor Khalwant Bhopal suggested that, “black minority-ethnic academics feel the goal posts are often moved when they apply for jobs or promotions”—fundamentally arguing that there are not enough BAME professors, vice-chancellors or provosts in British higher education.

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