Asian Traders honoured at awards ceremony


There are so many stories about the global economic troubles and how we all face an uncertain future that sometimes we fail to appreciate those who work tirelessly every day and make a contribution to the economy.

But there was a reason to celebrate this week with the annual Asian Trader Awards held in London which highlighted success stories of countless individuals and organisations who have made invaluable contribution to Britain's economy and society.

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf re-elected as president of Liberia


Africa's first female president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has been re-elected as Liberia's president following a landslide victory on Thursday.

Johnson-Sirleaf picked up 90.2 percent of the votes though there have been claims her government was not legitimate because the opposition boycotted the poll.

Opposition leader Winston Tubman had called on his supporters to avoid the presidential runoff on Tuesday and stated he would not accept the outcome of the vote.

Remember the fallen on Armistice Day


As the hour approaches 11am 11th 2011, Armistice Day, the nation will fall silent for two minutes to remember those who have fallen and sacrificed their lives for Britain.

There are some who wish not to observe the silence or wear a poppy but we should remember that many of our brave brothers who fought in the Great Wars and other conflicts, and it should be a moment for us to appreciate their invaluable contribution.

Many soldiers have come together to fight for a common cause regardless of religion, gender or social background.

Lee Jasper on David Goodhart


If David Goodhart wanted to open up a debate about 'New race politics', he certainly achieved that. Although some would argue that it is at best a distraction and worst a ploy that stops us effectively tackling race inequality.

Whatever view you take on the merits of discussing these issues, at the least it does give us a space to articulate why we do what we do.

Here the veteran campaigner Lee Jasper writes an in-depth analytical piece

Herman Cain embroiled in harassment allegations


This past week, the US presidential campaign of African-American Republican candidate Herman Cain came under fire as allegations surfaced that Cain had sexually harassed at least four women during his time as chair of the National Restaurant Association. These claims, which are over a decade old, raised questions about who had leaked the information and the validity of the charges.

The next generation of Black MPs


The launch of the 2011 Parliamentary Shadowing Scheme at the Houses of Parliament will be shown in a special programme tonight on Sangat TV, Sky Channel 847.

The programme, which will begin at 9.30pm, will feature the launch which introduced the 25 Shadows selected to take part in the scheme as well as hearing words of inspiration from OBV director Simon Woolley, Conservative MP Sam Gyimah, Labour MP Sadiq Khan and Lib Dem MP Simon Hughes. Sangat TV's programme also features an interview with David Lammy MP.

The Help


Last week, The Help finally made it to UK theatres. The story centres around a young aspiring journalist nicknamed Skeeter (Emma Stone) in Jackson, Mississippi. Set in the 1960’s, the film, based on Kathryn Stockett’s novel, deals with the racial segregation of southern America.

Returning to Mississippi after college, Skeeter decides to embark on a secretive plan to publish a book expressing the unjust experiences of the maids of Jackson society.

Lord Ouseley may quit FA post over race row


The racism row in football seems to forever rumble on without resolve. And a lack of action or progress in the case involving England captain John Terry's alleged abuse of Anton Ferdinand could see one of the game's most influential and respected campaigners quit from his post at the Football Association.

Sam Gyimah: giving a helping hand


There are some people who believe their success and achievements are simply down to hard work, perseverance and self-determination. Sam Gyimah has a different school of thought, saying his journey up the ladder of business and now politics could not have been possible without someone lending a helping hand.

Diane Abbott: What Goodhart and others can learn


The most striking thing about David Goodhart’s recent BBC Radio 4 programme on Black politics is his fathomless ignorance of the Black community.

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