Taken for Granted


When most people think of the youth of today, their opinions are formed about what they see in the media, especially the recklessness that ensued in the August Riots of 2011. Most youth of today think about politics and see it as a complicated, boring, confusing system which they don’t even want to touch let alone get involved.

But being involved in the ‘Taken for Granted’ project may change that way of thinking.

Jay Leno Golden Temple gag: freedom of speech?


Popular US television host Jay Leno faces a lawsuit after a joke he made which has angered the Sikh community.

Dr Randip Dhillon is seeking damages over a gag on the Tonight Show last Thursday (19) which suggested Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney was so rich, he lived in the Golden Temple of Amritsar.

Multi-millionaire Romney has scrutiny over taxation issues on his personal wealth. In his skit, Leno referred to the Golden Temple as Romney's summer home.

Black politics and The Voice Newspaper


As elections across the country, including the London Mayoral election, gather pace, The Voice newspaper, in collaboration with OBV brought together key political individuals for the first ‘Voice Editor’s Forum.

Managing director George Ruddock, who chaired the meeting, said,

"This is the first of a series of editors forums we are introducing. From these forums we hope to generate debate, learn from it and publish the findings so our readers can continue the debate."

Simon Woolley from OBV stated,

The Nine Muses: Exploring migration and memory


A film which explores themes of migration, memory and identity hit the cinemas last week.

The Nine Muses, released last Friday (20), interweaves archive footage of Black and Asian migrants in 1950s Britain with abstract sequences of a figure wandering through a snowy landscape to raise questions about journey, homelands and identity.

Director John Akomfrah said his experimental film was inspired by the Greek Myth of Mnemosyne, the goddess of memory, who gave birth to the nine Muses.

Islamophobia and racism ignored in Leveson Inquiry


Today a distinguished group of academics, lawyers, campaigners and politicians have duly highlighted a monstrous flaw in the Leveson Inquiry - the Public Inquiry that is charged with looking at media abuse, including phone hacking.

British Bangladeshi Power 100 list launches


The Bangladeshi community have made a valuable contribution to life in Britain since their migration to these shores in the 1950s.

From the world of politics and business to the media and sports, British Bangladeshis have made their mark in society.

More than just hype


Wembley Stadium will play host to the first-ever Asian Football Awards on Tuesday night, which aims to recognise and celebrate the achievements and strides of individuals and organisations in the beautiful game.

The idea of such an event would have raised many a clichéd eyebrow when it was first announced last year. Most would have dismissed it as a fad, as a PR stunt maybe, or even just a waste of time. After all, how many Asian players or coaches have graced the hallowed turf at the home of football?

Diversity works


The idea of positive discrimination doesn't sit easy with most people. To think that you have only got a job or have been elevated to a senior position within an organisation because of factors not relating to your abilities or skills can make one feel they don't deserve to be in such a position. And it is a near certain fact that an individual who may have benefited from positive discrimination may face hostility, overtly or otherwise, from colleagues.

OBV graduate Colette Williams to host RACE AND RACISM: LET'S TALK


On January 3rd, two of the gang who attacked Stephen Lawrence were convicted of his brutal racially-motivated murder.

Despite the conviction, racism within institutions and society still blights us. Launched five years after the death of Stephen, the MacPherson Inquiry, exposed the institutional racism within the Metropolitan Police. The Inquiry also further exposed the racist culture and practices within other major institutions in the country.

UFFC continues call for public inquiry into deaths in custody


The United Families and Friends Campaign (UFFC) are continuing their campaign to call for an independent judicial inquiry into all suspicious deaths in custody.

UFFC, a coalition of families and friends of those that have died in the custody of police and prison officers as well as those who died in psychiatric and immigration detention. It also has members and supporters from campaign groups and advocacy organisations from across the UK.

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