Mother-of-two nominated for Muslim Writers Awards


Earlier this month OBV published a story about the Journalism Diversity Fund offering bursaries to aspiring journalists.

In these challenging times where the media can control the agenda and shape perceptions, editors realise it is important that journalists reporting the news reflect the communities they serve and deliver unbiased and accurate reporting.

And with a number of opportunities available to pursue a career as a reporter, there shouldn't be any excuses not to go for your dreams.

A view from inside Labour Party Conference


The issue of voter registration and the potential disenfrachisement of our communities was a key issue at the annual BAME Labour Fringe Meeting

At yesterday's Labour Party Conference, Party Leader Ed Miliband, announced at a Q&A session that Labour would be campaigning against the government's proposals to change the way in which individuals register to vote. This change in voter registration has the potential to remove up to 10 million voters, many of them from BME backgrounds.

EDL supporters jailed for attack on Mosque


Four racist youths were jailed for their attack on a Mosque and hurling a brick at the Mosques’s Imam.

The gang pelted the Mosque with bricks and stones before trying to storm their way in screaming racist obscentities at worshippers.

Rocky Beale, 19, of Purleigh Avenue, Woodford Green and Eliot Jones, 19, of Keswick Gardens, Redbridge, pelted the centre with bricks, along with 18-year-old Matthew Stephenson, of Burrow Road, Hainault.

New Met commissioner calls for diversity


Just days after officially taking over as commissioner of the Metropolitan police, Bernard Hogan-Howe seems to be making all the right noises in terms of regaining trust in the police.

Hogan-Howe wants the make-up of the Police to be more representative of the population and one way to increase diversity was by bringing in senior recruits from beyond the service.

London APSA and Sporting Bengal - Battle of East London


There are just hours to go before the big football match in London but we’re not talking about Arsenal’s Champions League clash with Olympiakos. Tonight is the battle of east London, a fight between neighbouring boroughs, a clash of the titans!

Blood donors needed from the Black community


The Afro Caribbean Leukaemia Trust will be hosting their third annual Daniel De-Gale Blood Donation Week between 3-7 October.

The ACLT, a voluntary charity, is looking to encourage the Black & Mixed Race community to register as new and regular blood donors by donating blood for transfusion purposes, even if they are already on the bone marrow register.

Shanade Johnson: Black history month


As we approach Black history month OBV's new intern Shanade Johnson has written a controversial piece about it, condemning the anunal project as 'segregating rather than integration'. I myself disagree, but we do encourage debate with staff, interns and you, our readership. Is Shanade right, or is Black history month needed more than ever? What's your view?

Is a Black person only Black for one month out of the year? Does their history only matter for one month out of the year?

Nobel prize winner Wangari Maathai dies


Africa is a state in mourning following the death of a visionary woman who was the first female to win the Nobel Peace Prize from the continent.

Kenya's Wangari Maathai, who won the peace prize in 2004, lost her long and brave battle against cancer on Sunday aged 71. Maathai is desribed as a social activist and an environmental crusader who fought hard on many issues including justice and womens rights.

The Murder of Meredith Kercher:


If the mixed heritage murdered student Meredith Kercher looked like Amanda Knox, the victim in this gruesome and sadistic tragedy would have rightly taken centre stage. Instead what we witnessed since Meredith’s death has little short of a ‘beauty’ obsessed freak show that positions Ms Knox at the centre, either as a ‘scheming murderous temptress’ and ‘Foxy Knoxy’, or as one pundit put it ‘a woman hounded because of her beauty’.

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