OBV: Transforming modern reporting


The collaboration between Operation Black Vote, The Guardian newspaper and Green Park Recruitment may now be the model for new dynamic reporting.

The principal partners, OBV and The Guardian used their complimentary expertise to fantastically put together a polished piece of research that is able to challenge persistent race inequalities in such a dramatic fashion. Green Park Recruitment were able to sprinkle their expertise around pathways to top jobs from a recruitment perspective.

NFL race protest in London


It was over 13 months ago, that quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during an NFL football game, protesting race and police brutality, and stating, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of colour.”

Kwame Kwei-Armah: Diversifying theatre

"A Man for All Seasons"

The honing of the Young Vic Theatre as an icon of London’s artistic counterculture has come as a continuous process of reinvention. However, if there is one facet that has remained constant, it’s the Young Vic’s silent revolutionary appeal. Case in point, the nomination of Kwame Kwei-Armah as its new artistic director, following David Lan’s retirement after a decade long direction of the Young Vic.

Simon Woolley on BBC's Victoria Derbyshire show


Watch OBV's Simon Woolley on BBC2's Victoria Derbyshire show discuss the colour of power. 4.55 minutes.


'You’re talked to as if you are a junior' - The Colour of Power


Esther is a working mother with a high-level qualification and 20 years of experience in her industry. But she believes her career has plateaued – and has no doubt as to the principal reason for this.

Britain’s elite is bright white – but doesn’t brilliance come in all colours?


An uncomfortable truth can, in time, become a great potential asset. But first we have to be brave enough to acknowledge it, and then bold enough to deal with it.

That’s been the hope throughout, as Operation Black Vote, the Guardian and Green Park recruitment have worked on the groundbreaking research project, The Colour of Power.

The Colour of Power


OBV, in partnership with The Guardian and Green Park, have launched our 'Colour of Power' study of race and power in Britain.

See our website here:

Also, see coverage in The Guardian today:

Scales of justice must be equal


The very idea of justice is that it should be balanced and fair. So the report today from David Lammy into racial biases in Britain’s courts and prisons should be a wake-up call to everyone who believes the scales of justice should be balanced equally between all citizens regardless of race, gender, status or any other defining characteristic.

Croydon's future is in your hands


Update Nov 2017: Please note that the scheme is now closed for application.

Operation Black Vote and Croydon Council are inviting applications for the Gee Bernard Civic Leadership Programme.

This is designed to encourage people from black and minority ethnicity communities to get more involved in civic and political leadership. You will have the opportunity to observe areas of public life including:

British criminal justice is racially biased like America


Last week saw news of cop in Georgia who was caught on camera bragging that police “only kill black people.” The official figures from America certainly show huge disproportionality in shootings by ethnicity.

Black citizens are two and a half times more likely to be fatally shot. If you add in the ‘unknown race’ victims and those marked as ‘other’ non-white you can double that.

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