Football's Black List revealed


An annual list which recognises and celebrates the contribution of the Black community across all levels of football has been announced.

A number of prominent current and former professionals are included on the fourth edition of the Black List as are those unsung heroes who work tirelessly in their communities, using the power of the beautiful game to promote positivity and progression.

Why human rights matter – the silent struggle in Bahrain


As the international community becomes increasingly concerned with human rights abuses in the oil-rich state of Bahrain, Northern Ireland Human Rights campaigner Debbie Kohner writes for OBV about her efforts to enter the country on a fact finding mission.

Black history stamps


In celebration of Black History Month UK, rare stamp and collectibles dealer Stanley Gibbons will be hosting an exhibition based on the stamp collection of the award-winning African-Caribbean creative, Jon Daniel.

The collection, originally inspired by the lyrics of Public Enemy’s, ‘Fight The Power’, features in the October edition of Creative Review's exclusive publication, ‘Monograph’ and will form part of a wider exhibition being held at Stanley Gibbons flagship store.

Golliwog dolls in Sutton


Today Lester Holloway writes exclusively for OBV about his campaign to remind a Sutton shopkeeper that 'Golliwogs' have always been offensive to Black people. In fact the doll started out as something that children could throw things at. Here is an early explanation:

Liberal Democrats conference: A personal view


Ethnic Minority Liberal Democrat (‘EMLD’) member Councillor Michael Bukola gives his personal take on Party Conference, held at the ICC Birmingham between 17-22 September.

The issue of BME representation remains high on the Party agenda. Thousands attended this year’s Autumn Party Conference in Birmingham which kicked off with the traditional party rally themed “In Government, on your side”.

Ali Dizaei set for return to Met Police


Former police chief Ali Dizaei is to be reinstated as a commander at the Metropolitan Police

Dizaei was given his job back following a meeting by the Metropolitan Police Authority's professional standards sub-committee last night.

Dizaei was dismissed by Scotland Yard after being convicted of abusing his power as a senior police officer in 2010.

EDL leader Stephen Lennon convicted of assault


What more will it take for the British media to wake to the fact that everything about the English Defence League (EDL) is consumed with race and religious hatred and thuggery.

Yesterday we wrote about four of its supporters being jailed for smashing up a Mosque and trying to injure the local Imam with a brick. Today, we learn its leader, Stephen Lennon, headbutted a fellow member during an EDL rally in Blackburn.

The Oldham Riots - Lessons to be learnt


The Asian News marked the 10th anniversary of the Oldham riots earlier this year with a series of insightful articles around the disturbances. Happening before 9/11, those disturbances were to transform the way Britain viewed its Muslim communities, and also the way many Muslims viewed themselves.

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.

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