Pension freeze for minorities who retire abroad


People who retire to countries such as India, Pakistan, Trinidad &Tobago, Grenada, Nigeria and Kenya are not entitled to their full pension payout, unlike those retiring and staying in the UK and Europe.

People from Black and minority ethnic (BME) background who retire to certain countries will have their state pension frozen for the duration of their retirement and this will have a detrimental effect on future of BME finances according to a report by equality think tank Runnymede Trust.

Black Briton’s Barbican blast


A carnival of protest descended on the Barbican over the weekend. Hundreds of people, some with African drums and placards claiming ‘I am somebody’ and ‘I’m not an object’, first marched from Moorgate station before pitching up outside the Barbican to hear awe inspiring poetry and inspirational speeches from activists, academics and poets alike.

Green Park Consultants diversity report



Virtually all white senior staff within Public sector, report reveals!


The powerful report delivered yesterday by Trevor Phillips with his Green Park consultancy into public institutions  must make uncomfortable reading for the Barbican centre of  which Trevor is a board member. The Barbican has no senior Black person on its management team much less within its senior artistic employees. The Board of trustees are all white and of the main board of about 12, Trevor is the only person of colour.

Brett Bailey Protest Sat 13th


On Saturday 13th of Sept, BME activists will be protesting at The Barbican against their plans to show Brett Bailey’s Exhibit B. We’ll also hand in the petition of the many thousands of signatures. We need you there to show our strength and disgust at being used and abused as objects for Bailey's vanity project, which despite his proclamations’ of helping Black people continues the theme of colonialism and exploitation.

We will be assembling at 1pm. The address is: The Barbican Exhibition Centre, London.

OBV supporting Sweden’s Afro-Swedes


One of the most encouraging elements I’ve seen across Europe in recent years has been the strong and proud resurgence of African/European identity. The UK and France has always had a long standing African identity which has demanded greater equality and social justice, but other Africans across Europe are beginning to find a unique African voice; A voice that is rooted in multifaceted identities, pride, fairness, and the courage to fight for it. One of the latest groups to emerge is the Afro-Swedes.

The 2016 US Election: Who’s in the Running?


Having the great fortune to be in the US capital for the last 3 months, front row seats to the 2014 midterm elections has revealed much by way of indirect and discreet campaign strategy and organising. Everything, from the release of autobiographies by notable politicians, to the preferred holiday location of political candidates has been meticulously scrutinised by eager journalists and critics.

Dadabhai Naoroji: Happy Birthday!


Informally known as the “Grand Old Man of India,” last Thursday marked the 189th birthday of Dadabhai Naoroji, the first Asian to be elected to the British Houses of Parliament.

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