Black gold for England lions


England's triumphant under 17 World Cup winners, who performed a stunning come-back act to beat Spain at the weekend, had more black players in the starting line-up than France's legendary class of 1998.

Eight of the first eleven young lions are black. Seven starters in England's recent under 20's World Cup winning triumph were of the same background.

New IKEA ad showcases diversity


A new campaign launched by IKEA called “Hooray! To the Wonderful Everyday” depicting a Black family living the good life has been receiving acclaim from Black British people who are now starting to see themselves more and more depicted in advertisements.

Lewis Hamilton: Greatest British F1 driver, ever!


Yesterday late afternoon I nervously settled down with my son to watch what I hoped would be Lewis Hamilton show-boating his way to the record books by winning his fourth world FI championship in Mexico.

I told my son ‘Hamilton has no need to fight the young gun Max Verstappon or his nearest rival Sebastian Vettel’, who were both on the front grid with Hamilton behind on third. ‘As long as he finishes in fifth place, he’ll be the champion. End of!’

Cambridge student asks university to "decolonise" English curriculum


A Black Cambridge student has found herself under a barrage of social media attacks after publically criticizing the lack of black and ethnic minority authors in the university’s English curriculum. Calling it a “very targeted form of harassment”, Lola Olufemi – the women’s officer of Cambridge’s student union – states that she was inundated with racist and sexist insults following her picture and name being published along with her criticisms on the front page of the Telegraph.

Labour Party: Gender trumps Race again


Labour risk squeezing out Black and minority ethnic talent by imposing all-women shortlists in constituencies where there are sizable BME populations and or where BME male candidates have worked hard to bring down the electoral majority. Labour party activists will be well aware that the party has a poor record of using all- women shortlist in raising the number of BME women.

Last week the Labour’s ruling National Executive Committee imposed all-women selections in four target seats where the party had fielded BME men for the 2017 snap general election.

Black Civil Right groups win Supreme court ruling


This week we celebrate an important and unprecedented legal victory secured in the UK Supreme Court. The case of P Vs Metropolitan Police Service, a black, disabled, female police officer alleged she suffered discrimination during the course of internal misconduct hearings, in breach of the 2010 Equalities Act.

Anti-slavery groups report grim global numbers


This morning, 11 suspects were arrested in simultaneous raids in London, Birmingham, and Stateshead in relation to tips of a modern slavery ring smuggling people from Pakistan and Afghanistan into the UK.

British Black History: We didn’t all arrive on the #Windrush


British Black History: We didn’t all arrive on the #Windrush My Kru (tribal name) African grandfather from Sierra Leone/Liberia arrived in Liverpool in 1911.

OBV MP shadowing scheme inspired me


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

‘OBV’s shadowing scheme gave me the inspiration to get involved in local politics’

Newly-elected councillor Shahzad Nawaz has credited Operation Black Vote’s MP’s shadowing scheme with inspiring him to stand for public office, even before the scheme is officially launched.

Brexit legal challenger named most influential Black person in UK


Gina Miller, who won the landmark Brexit legal case over the UK government authority to trigger Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union without an Act of the UK Parliament, was named the UK’s most influential Black person by the Powerlist Foundation. The Powerlist, first published in 2006, comprises an annual list of the 100 most influential people of African or African-Caribbean heritage in Britain. The list is created by an independent panel of judges.

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