NASA vs Star Trek: Black space exploration


To paraphrase Chris Rock ‘if they can blast rockets into space to withstand temperature upwards of 20,000 degrees’, surely it’s not rocket science that they can send more black pioneers to space?

OBV Cartoon Corner: Michael Brown Shooting


Krishna Janmashtami


Over 1 billion Hindus will today be celebrating the birth of the religious deity, Krishna. Based on scripture and astrological estimations, Krishna's year of birth, in the northern Indian town of Mathura was 3228 BC.

Let your Beauty Shine


Acid Attacks are very common in many countries around the world, especially India. These horrendous attacks on woman are mostly done by perpetrators who want to strip woman of their dignity and identity.

However Rupa, a victim of an acid attack back in 2008 proved them wrong. Rupa and her friends have been hiding their scars for years, but now have come forward together bravely, to show the world that there's nothing to be ashamed of. Rupa, 22, said:

Black British Hollywood


Idris Elba, Parminder Nagra, Archie Panjabi, Adrien Lester, Chiwetal Ejiofor, Eamonn Walker. Al successful British Black actors yes, but what else do they all have in common?

The answer is that they emigrated to the US to make a career for themselves because of the dearth of opportunities that were presented to them on this side of the Channel.

Between them they’ve been nominated and/or have won Oscars, Emmys, Tonys and Golden Globes; all prestigious awards for those working on the stage, small screen and big screen.

Person and Plate: dinner at Stoke Newington’s Aziziye Mosque


Whomsoever despairs at how parts of our planet are imploding from ethno-religious war, take heart from the words of Faizullah Khan. He says:

We have another Jerusalem beyond Jerusalem. Hackney has a significant number of Jews living alongside Muslims living alongside Christians. Thank God we’ve got more peace in our Jerusalem.”

We're judged by how we treat our weakest


Since 2001 OBV has worked in the Criminal Justice system on many frontiers: holding Magistrates Shadowing schemes to nurture talent; promoting the recruitment of lay visitors to prisons to ensure justice is served; and visiting prisons to hold talks, panel debates and workshops with inmates.

OBV Welcomes back Ashok Viswanathan


After three years working away in US politics and in the UK Parliament, one of OBV’s founders Ashok Viswanathan has returned to the team.

For us here it was difficult to have Francine Fernanades leave due to ill health, but to prise Ashok away from the Westminster bubble back to where he began his political career is a real coup.

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