Bristol: Countering Colston


The name ‘Colston’ is synonymous with Bristol. There is a Colston Street, a Colston Tower, and a Colston’s girls’ school, all named after Edward Colston, the 17th century slave trader. Colston gave huge amounts of money to Bristol, helping to build the city into what it is today. However, his role as a prominent slave trader has been a source of contention amongst citizens in Bristol, many of whom have called for every trace of Colston to be wiped from the city.

A diverse Parliament matters -2017 Election


Though many of us agreed with Brenda from Bristol about this general election (“You’re joking. Not another one”), it actually offers a great opportunity for change – regardless of which party wins.

That’s because now the snap election has been called, the normal rules for selecting party candidates no longer apply. Under these rules, constituency parties select a long list of candidates, then a short list; then local party members vote for their preferred candidate.

Thames Valley police don’t understand racism


What workplace, in particular a senior workforce, does not understand that putting a monkey doll on the only Black worker’s desk to indicate that she should make tea for her colleagues is racist?

Well, a specially convened panel for Thames Valley police didn’t think so.

A Thames Valley disciplinary panel concluded that a counter-terrorism officer was not being racist when he put a monkey toy on a black colleague's desk.

James Reece Europe, founder of Jazz and leader of men


Little is known in this country of James Reese Europe who died almost 100 years ago. Yet the world would be significantly different without his contribution to modern music, for it is fair to say he ensured that African American music was taken seriously as an art form specific to the experiences of Black Americans, a huge achievement at the height of the Jim Crow discrimination in the US. And without the influence of jazz, the blues and soul, modern music would have far less energy and rhythmic complexity.

Election campaign for racial justice - Support OBV


The wave of racism, xenophobia and Islamaphobia post-Brexit shocked many of us. We warned against the toxic electioneering from the likes of Nigel Farage and many others. Their poisoned rhetoric in many ways legitimised the outpouring of racial hatred that took the shape of physical attacks, graffiti, insults, and in the most shocking case, the murder of a Polish national.

Spurs under-23 coach Ugo Ehiogu dies


There is disbelief in the football world today on the news that the Tottenham Hotspur under-23 coach Ugo Ehiogo has passed away after a suffering a heart attack at the club’s training ground yesterday.

Ehiogo was an ostensibly fit 44-year-old who after a career in top flight football in including Aston Villa and England was successfully embarking on a coaching career.

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General Election: Register to Vote by 22nd May


This week, Theresa May called a general election, three years earlier than scheduled.  The election will take place on 8th June, and the results will ultimately decide who runs the country. 

Every British citizen aged 18 or over is eligible to vote and the BME vote has never been more important.  If you are eligible to vote and have not yet registered, you must do so by 22nd May.  Visit to register.

Switzer Completes the Boston Marathon Again - 50 Years Later



Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon, has crossed the finish line again 50 years later.

Theresa May calls snap election


So, what are we to make of the Prime Minister Theresa May calling a snap election? After all, she has repeatedly stated that the Government should be focused on Brexit negotiations and not elections or any more referendums.

But as we all know a week is a long time in politics. So what has changed?

My gut feeling is that May’s decision was probably motivated more by Brexit/EU politics than any immediate domestic political considerations.

Marine Le Pen: Hate speech cloaked in patriotism


One of the front-runners for the French Presidential elections, Marine Le Pen used her latest rally in the last week of the Presidential race to whip France up into a frenzy of hatred against the ‘other’. The leader of the ‘Front National’ acutely knows that unlike the 1930’s, in 2017 a modern country and its politicians cannot refer to some of its citizens people as ‘rats’, or vermin, as Nazi Germany did.

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