Happy Birthday OBV!


I nearly forgot again.

17 years ago today, we launched OBV in the Grand Committee room at the House of Parliament. I seem to remember that it wasn’t hot as it is today, but it was a special moment. In 17 years I’ve seen many worthy organisations come and go, often through reasons way beyond the control of those who had great visions.

Sadiq Khan wins MP of the Year Award


Tooting MP Sadiq Khan won the inaugural MP of the year awards last night. The charity Mosaic which organised the awards held the ceremony at a packed Speakers House at the House of Commons last night.

Accepting the highest award, the London MP, not normally known for being emotional, was visibly moved.

Trayvon Martin verdict: America’s Guilty


As we held our breath when the jury in the George Zimmerman trial returned its verdict, and screamed in anguish when “not guilty” was pronounced, it was clear to me America was guilty. Trayvon Martin would be alive today had this nation confronted its racial demons decades ago.

Black Churches respond: radicalization of youths


Representatives of Britain’s African and Caribbean Christian Communities will meet in London on Wednesday 17 July 2013, following the gruesome killing of army drummer Lee Rigby, who was hacked to death in broad daylight on a London street last month. The two young men charged with Rigby’s murder, Muslim converts Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, are of Nigerian Christian heritage; and church leaders are concerned about an apparent trend towards radicalisation of former Christians.

"Attention! Everyone be aware, I am a black woman”


Cafe owner warns customers

This is the sign the that Café owner Martha-Renee Kolleh, put in her window to stop customers coming in, seeing her then walking out.

The statement reads:

Attention! Everyone be aware, I am a black woman, and always will be. If you are allergic to black people, don't come in!"

Jimmy Mubenga: Unlawfully killed. Official.


After four days of deliberation, a jury delivered a majority verdict of nine to one that the Angolan man Jimmy Mubenga was unlawfully killed.

Mubenga died after being restrained by three G4S guards whilst being deported from the UK.

In one of the most distressing cases of its kind, passengers heard the man crying out: “They’re going to kill me”, and “I can’t breath.”

Adienna Kamana, Mr Mubenga’s wife, was relieved with the verdict yet still heart broken. She said outside the court:

Black history: Another great victory


It is truly amazing what we can do together.

Six months ago, the outline for history lessons in the draft National Curriculum looked very different to what it does today. As many of you are aware, Black icons such as Mary Seacole and Olaudah Equiano were to be erased from the classroom. Within weeks of that announcement nearly 40,000 signed a petition for those individuals to be replaced. The Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove said he was listening.

Dr John Roberts CBE QC Achievement awards



Friday evening’s temperature may well have been around 20 degrees, but primary and senior school boys all wore shirt and ties for the annual prestigious awards event. Girls and young ladies too dressed up for the occasion. Smart dress, good manners and high achievers were in abundance for the 9th Dr John Roberts CBE QC award ceremony run by Margaret Noel and her ‘Descendents’ campaign.

A cursory glance at their website gives you a feel about what they are trying to achieve. Their motto for young people is:

Former Chief Constable Bettison ‘subverted’ Lawrence Inquiry


The recent revelation that the former Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, Sir Norman Bettison allegedly attempted to influence the way a key witness, Mohammed Amran, gave evidence to the Macpherson Inquiry when it visited Bradford is deeply disturbing.

Mohammed Amran says he is working with his legal team to demand a full independent inquiry and investigation into the role of the former Chief Constable Norman Bettison.

Black school Governor: Thanks but no thanks!


Operation Black Vote have been encouraging Black men and women to become school governors for years. So when local community all rounder Desmond Jadoo informed us that he’d not only taken up our challenge, but he’d been successful we were delighted.

His certificate read:

‘This is to certify that Desmond Jaddoo has been appointed to the Governing body of Glenmead Primary School for a period of 4 years starting from March 20th 2013.’

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