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.

The ‘War on drugs’ is a war on Black people


Yesterday a reluctant Home Office released their own findings that showed the UK’s draconian measures against drug users do not reduce drug use. Indeed the research indicated that those countries with less harsh measures were more successful in reducing drug misuse.

It was a landmark moment because all the evidence suggests that whilst a heavy handed approach might look good politically, the practice is worse than ineffective.

Ali’s ‘Rumble in the jungle'



You have to be of a certain age to understand why Casius Clay, aka Muhammad Ali, was as close to a God like figure Black boys would ever find. And I was no exception.

Many of us back then were at schools where the first thing you learnt was to fight and be good at sport.  If you could fight you were less likely to be bullied.  And if you were good at sport, you got the respect of your friends and it was something you could be proud of.

OBV Profile: Trilok Gurtu


Trilok Gurtu was born in Mumbai, India on 30th October 1951. Being born into a highly musical family, where his grandfather was a sitar player and his mother Shobha Gurtu was a classical singing star, he was influenced by great music at a very young age.

Homi Jehangir Bhabha: Pioneer Indian physicist who died young


Homi Jehangir Bhabha was an important physicist in the mid-20th century, and the founder of India’s nuclear research program. The first head of the Indian Atomic Energy Commission, Bhabha spent his life not only making important contributions to atomic research but advocating for the use of this research to help improve the lives of Indian citizens.

Stars support ‘Prostate Cancer’ campaign


EastEnders actor Rudolph Walker OBE and former England international footballer Les Ferdinand MBE, are two of the high profile names that are raising awareness of the increased risk of prostate cancer amongst Black men as part of the ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ pilot campaign in six London Boroughs - Newham, Hackney, Haringey, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark.

These boroughs have a high black population and have a higher than average incidence rate of prostate cancer compared to England as a whole

Swamping cities! Well those in Spain


Nigel Farage, and now the Minister for Armed Forces Michael Fallon, and of course great swathes of the British population love to bang on about the UK being “swamped by immigrants.” Fallon in a recent outburst claimed that local residents are “under siege”.

Those who come under particular attention are often the Polish community. You’ve heard it: “They’re here taking our jobs and transforming our towns. Oh, and they drink a lot outside, with cans of beer. It’s just not right. ”

Migrants crossing the Med! Let them die?


When leader of the British National Party Nick Griffin came to elected power via his European Election win in 2009, he quickly convened a press conference from Brussels. Emboldened by his anti-immigrantion win he told the waiting press:

The way to stop Africans coming to Europe is to sink a few boats.”

The world was appalled. One EU official informed Griffin that decent Nation States saved lives rather than take them.

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