Psy and Snoop dog: Building cultural bridges


Writing again for OBV Grace Ji-Sun Kim confronts another US race taboo: Cultural tensions between African Americans and South Koreans. Some of you may remember this was starkly illustrated in Spike Lee’s ‘Do the Right thing’, but here Grace goes into some detail exploring how the South Korean phenomena- Psy-is using his fame to build cultural bridges.

Man City abandon match after alleged racial abuse


On Tuesday evening, Patrick Vieira walked his ‘Elite Development Squad’ off the pitch in the middle of an Under-21 match in Croatia. It was alleged that City midfielder, Seiko Fofana, was racially abused by an opposing player. After consulting the referee, Vieira abandoned the match against HNK Ryeka.

In an official statement, Manchester City wrote:

Proof - Walter Tull was recommended for Military Cross


There’s been a lot of talk about why the Great War hero Walter Tull should not receive, posthumously, the Military Cross.

The main objection has been: “Well there were a lot of brave soldiers out there during the First World War, why should we make the case for Walter Tull just because he was Black”? Of course Walter Tull’s family and campaigners have always argued that the Military Cross was highly recommended for Tull’s bravery, but somehow it  got lost in the system. How, why, we can only hazard a guess.

Black stereotypes fuel unemployment


In her second news story, Kei-Retta Farrell takes a look at the dynamics that are fueling Black youth unemployment. One big factor, she argues, is Black stereotypes.

Around half of young black men available for work in Britain are unemployed according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). A recent study conducted by the Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG), concluded that persistent racial prejudice was the main reason for high unemployment among the BME community.

You spoke, the BBC listened


The African and Caribbean communities are not powerless. When we come together in solidarity fighting for equality, demanding to be respected we can win. Above all when we are successful, everyone benefits way beyond our own communities.

Back in April, six Caribbean individuals – Diane Abbott MP, David Lammy MP, Pat Younge - ex director of BBC, Baroness Ros Howells, George Rudduck - The Voice Editor and myself wrote an open letter to two of the most senior men at the BBC - Tony Hall and James Harding.

Jamaicans: Fastest men on earth ?


As we approach the Commonwealth games in a few days time OBV writer Adam Sinclair Charles explores whether or not his kith and kin -Jamaicans- have that God-given talent to run the fastest, jump the longest or highest. His findings ultimately ask more questions than highlight answers but it’s an excellent read.  Simon Woolley.


Tim's back: OBV 18th Birthday


Francine Fernandes partially leaving OBV


Due to a long standing health problem that may need surgery, Deputy Director Francine Fernandes is forced to stand down from her post.

Francine has been with OBV for over 12 years having joined after taking part in one of OBV’s Parliamentary Shadowing Schemes.  Her talent was quickly spotted, and for many years, she has been heading up all OBV’s leadership programmes, and has personally nurtured many hundred of graduates from the MP, Magistrates, and civic leadership shadowing schemes.

Janusz Korwin-Mikke MEP: N-word insult outrage


Why are people still using this rancid racist language? This question should be asked put to  Janusz Korwin-Mikke, leader of the New- Right Congress Party who has been called to be disciplined after using the N-word during Wednesday’s plenary debate in Strasburg. The outrageous comments came after discussions took place on the existence of the minimum wage law.

He compared job seeking youth to black labours in the American South during the 1960s, saying:

Conservatives make Race history again


The Ministerial appointments of Sam Gyimah and Priti Patel mean more than 50% of Conservative BME MP’s now hold Ministerial positions. They include: Helen Grant, Shailesh Vara, Alok Sharma, Sajid Javid, and Paul Uppal. Back in March the Rt Hon Sajid Javid became the first BME Secretary of State.

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