Hidden Stories: The Lawrence Inquiry


After more than three decades of fighting for social and racial justice Dr Richard Stone is a little bit more frailer, but once in conversation it's clear that none of the fire that has driven this very kind man has diminished. In fact he’s probably more inpatient and frustrated about the lack of change than before. He tell’s me:

Look Simon, I’m getting on a bit now, its up to you guys to continue the job, I’ll help of course’

Black Mental Health UK has The Solution


Black Mental Health (BMH) UK’s  efforts to keep the issue of the unequal treatment of people from the UK’s African Caribbean communities on the Government’s mental health agenda continues unabated with the release of the latest edition of The Solution.

In this edition of The Solution, BMH UK's online magazine, it is packed full of exclusives, including a feature with deaths-in-custody lawyer Leslie Thomas who puts the spotlight on some of the most significant cases involving mental health services users.

Leveson’s Blind Spot: Race


As someone who’s been on the receiving end of a brutal and concerted six-month long, press smear campaign, in the run up to the 2008 London Mayoral election, I welcome the introduction of statutory press regulation.

Swaminarayan School wins education award


At a time when many schools around the country are feeling the pressure to deliver high quality education a school in Neasden North London has just won a prestigious education award for producing high quality work and encouraging their pupils to achieve their best.

The Swaminarayan Prep School, in Brentfield Road, Neasdon, caters for pupils under 11, has been handed the National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE) Award.

The award celebrates work by schools and their staff including teachers and governors.

Transatlantic young leaders


Without doubt one of the greatest joys of activism is nurturing talent and then watching these young men and women from diverse backgrounds flourish.

Paul Elliot’s fall from grace!


Introduction from Simon Woolley

Black Men in the Community to honour women’s contribution


As we celebrate International Women’s Month, Black Men in the Community (BMITC) in partnership with Yaa Asantewaa are hosting their first gala event to celebrate the invaluable contribution which women have made to the black community.

Entitled, ‘Celebrating Our Women’s Advancement and Leadership’ the event will be hosted by Angie Le Mar and will include a discussion with a panel of leaders and aspiring young women, including Baroness Patricia Scotland who will share their thoughts and expertise in relation to female success and leadership.

“Academic Racism” at Oxbridge universities?


An (Ox)bridge too far?

Walter Tull and I


During my 48 years as a local journalist, I’ve written thousands of stories about local people, past and present. So when I was contacted by researchers from the Dover War Memorial Project with information they had uncovered about a local war hero, it seemed like just another story.

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