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President Obama’s inauguration impacts us too

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I do believe that the effect of Barack Obama’s 2012 Presidential victory and his inauguration will have a major impact on current and potential development of black politicians and community activism in Britain over the next few years leading up to the 2015 General Election.

Birmingham City Council ‘white wash’ staff

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Birmingham City Council are facing one of their biggest internal race allegations for a generation. Following a review of the City’s Neighbourhood Offices, where 11 Managers in post were to be reduced to 5. All 5 white staff were selected whilst all 6 Black staff were told their services were no longer required.

Hundreds attend funeral for Lord Tarsem King

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A who's who of West Midlands politicians showed up to pay respect to Lord Tarsem King, who was the UK’s first Sikh peer.

Lord Tarsem King died suddenly last week after collapsing at Euston station as he was preparing to travel back home.

Lord King headed Sandwell Council for ten years from 1997, in 1999 he became a Lord and Baron King of West Bromwich. Notables such as Keith Vaz MP and Tom Watson MP were there to pay their respects. Tom Watson said:

Jacintha Saldanha: still waiting for answers

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The family of Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse who was found hanged after taking a hoax phone call about the Duchess of Cambridge, are still be awaiting answers from the authorities of the hospital where she worked.

Saldanha was found dead, hanged in her nurses’ quarters three days after she put a hoax call from Australian radio show presenters through to a colleague who then proceeded to give a detailed description of the Duchess’ condition, who was in the hospital being treated for acute morning sickness at the time.

2013: ‘Year of the Black Woman’

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How refreshing: Barely half a month in, and 2013 is already being heralded the ‘Year of the Black Woman’. A title coined in an article from The Voice Newspaper, which has highlighted the rising success of black women from every facet of society, many of whom have garnered attention from power-list magazines such as Forbes. Looking at many of these powerful women it is clear that Black sisters are in fact ‘doing it for themselves.’

Timbuktu, Mali and the civil war

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As a child of the 60’s I’d heard of Timbuktu long before I realized that it was an ancient African city with a rich history that rivals anywhere in the world. For children, and I suspect many adults too, Timbuktu, the West African capital of Mali was a mythical far away land much like the lost city of 'Atlantis' or Lewis Carrol’s ‘Neverland’.

But Timbuktu is a real place and is back on our lips again as the French Government take up arms to support Mali’s fledging democracy against the growing military presence of Islamic forces.

A ‘Toothless’ Equality and Human Rights commission

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“Toothless” writes Baroness Meral Hussein-Ece, discussing section 3 of the ‘Enterprise and Regulatory bill’, which is currently in the House of Lords. The bill which, has not been widely reported on, contains a section on the future of the Equality and Human Right commission. The bill seeks to relieve of commission of its general duties, which includes promoting equality, anti-discrimination and prejudice against disabled, ethnic minorities and other protected groups.

Central political strategy for UKIP: Xenophobia?

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The UK Independence Party is preparing to exploit ‘fears’ over mass immigration from Romania and Bulgaria by putting the issue at the centre of its campaign strategy. UKIP, which has seen a surge in the polls, claims that 350,000-400,000 immigrants from the two countries will come into the UK. They also claim that a rise will ‘impact’ crime rates.

Spielberg's Lincoln: Great story but narrowly told

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Imagine being in a crowded room where all the people are speaking about you. They are telling each other: how good you are, or how wretched you behave, what you deserve, what you don’t deserve. And during this two hour plus conversation which is essentially about you, you are not once asked how you feel about this, what’s your opinion?

That was the overwhelming sensation I had when I watched the certain multi-Oscar winning film Abraham Lincoln, at a special viewing at 20th Century Fox’s central London offices. Courtesy of the American Embassy.

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