Sepp Blatter is starting to listen: About time !


Sepp Blatter has remarkably made a couple of suggestions that football teams which make racists offences will be punishable by deduction of points and relegation. This comes as a surprise to many football fans, with his “soft” stance on racism in football during the past few years. Especially his reaction to Kevin Prince Boateng walking off the pitch during the AC Milan match against Pro Patria was rather not surprising.

He said:

‘walking off in protest is not the answer’, answer?

Mark Duggan: Still many unanswered questions


Yesterday, Kevin Hutchinson-Foster was found guilty of supplying a handgun to Mrak Duggan. Shortly after receiving the gun, Duggan was shot and killed by armed officers. The shooting and police handling of the case sparked the summers' riots in 2011.

Yet the conviction of Hutchinson-Foster still leaves many unanswered questions as to whether or not Duggan was unlawfully killed.

Black Hollywood stars front block-busters


Although Tinsel town is by definition more than a little whacky, particularly when it comes to nurturing superstars who, for one reason or another live very strange lives-Martin Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, Micky O’Rouke-turning a buck has never been a failing. Moreover, ensuring huge amounts of money are made has in many ways driven the big film companies to play it safe: ‘Johnny in Oaklaoma must get this’.

'Enoch Powell’s legacy still stains the Tories'


The Conservative Party is failing to win over ethnic minority voters because it remains tarnished by the legacy of Enoch Powell warned the treasury minister Sajid Javid.

The Voice supporting OBV’s political work



The Voice newspaper this week featured an article about OBV and the Cabinet Office's national voter registration project. 

“The challenges for our community have never been greater,"  says OBV chief

Written by Poppy Brady
28/01/2013, The Voice

Alok Sharma MP: Ethnic monitoring good for business



The Conservative Party doesn't do quotas, affirmative action, or positive discrimination. Their mantra is that any form of discrimination is wrong. Sadly, not countering one with another leaves the discriminatory ‘Old boys’ network, public school/Oxbridge fraternities, and institutional bias in the public and private sector in tact, holding back huge sways of talent.

Adam Afriyie: The man who would be…PM


Forget about UKIP leader Nigel Farage, or even the darling of the Conservative Right, Mayor Boris Johnson, it is the Conservative’s first MP of African descent Adam Afriyie, who has been tipped by conspirators to topple David Cameron.

Whether or not this is wild speculation or a serious manoeuvre to dislodge the PM, one thing is for sure it is the first time in British history that a Black person has been talked about as Prime Minister in this way.

Colleen Brown: Pumpkin Soup for the Soul


OBV speaks exclusively to Colleen Brown, Theatre Producer, Unemployment Counsellor, School Governor and OBV graduate. Brown tell us about her new play ‘Pumpkin Soup for the Soul’ and shares her courageous journey to get there.

Colleen Brown was first introduced to OBV in 2009 when she was selected for the Lewisham Civic Leadership Programme. She didn’t know it at the time, but being part of the project would prove to be a life changing decision.

University of Arts, London: Driving Black success


Under the stewardship of Aisha Richards, Mark Crawley- Dean of Students- and his senior team, there is a quite revolution being undertaken at the University of Arts in London.

They are, perhaps, one of the first universities in the country which has not only undertaken a comprehensive study that outlines clear race inequality in the assessment of Black students, but has also engaged in a public, student and staff debate about how to best tackle this particular challenge.

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