Queen’s Speech!


History repeating itself.

The news that the Coalition Government is to bring forward legislation contained in today’s Queens Speech, that will force landlords to check the immigration status of potential tenants.

It’s a controversial move, which reflects a rush to the right, by a Government desperate to outflank an increasingly xenophobic UKIP flush after recent success in local elections.

Dinner with Cornel West


Few doubt that the philosopher and writer Cornel West is one of the giants of African American thinkers. His statue is now truly international.

His best selling book ‘Race matters’ helped force America to better understand and deal more effectively with the persistent racial inequalities in the US.

Decades since that book and many books since, West continues to be America’s philosophical moral standard bearer, demanding, as he puts to show ‘Truth to power’.

Why the Commonwealth should act on LGBT rights


Rakshita Patel argues that if we believe in race equality, we should also be committed to ensuring equal rights for everyone, and should show solidarity with our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender brothers and sisters.

VE Day as important as Remembrance Sunday


The London woman who may be on course to become the UK’s first black female Member of the European Parliament has said that in Britain, VE Day should be marked with as much ceremony as Remembrance Sunday.

VE Day was the public holiday celebrated on 8 May 1945 to mark the date when the World War II Allies formally accepted the unconditional surrender of the armed forces of Nazi Germany and the end of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich, thus ending the war in Europe.

The Ghosts of Empire: Mau Mau and Britain


Justice being done?

‘White Community’ must confront child abuse!


Yesterday when I read Joseph Harker’s article in the Guardian, demanding the ‘White Community’, confront a pernicious, hidden, and long standing paedophilia, I thought this would unleash the ‘dogs of hell’, upon him. After all it was a blanket accusation arguing that White society has largely ignored the cries of young children when they have accussed carers, celebrities and others in positions of power of serious sexual abuse.

Ms Brown comes to London town


Hilary Brown is a one woman force of nature. Hailing from one the oldest black communities in the UK, Cardiff Wales, all who know her affectionately as her Ms Brown in that typical Caribbean tradition of someone held in high regard. Ms Brown has a long history of public service to the community.

For those with long memories you may remember the case many years ago of two young black men who were the subject to a brutal and savage racist attack, in the centre of Cardiff.

Local Elections - Worrying early result success for UKIP


As voters in 35 councils took to the polls yesterday, early results are now starting to come through.

These mid term elections are often thought of as a good political gauge of national sentiment as the main parties braced themselves for a tough night.

David Cameron admitted that voters were likely to punish governing parties between general elections.

The hypocrisy of the PFA


The Professional Football Association (PFA) has been unequivocal in its condemnation of American-comedian Reginald D. Hunter. The stand-up comic was asked to host the PFA Player of the Year Awards and during the award ceremony, Hunter used the ‘N’ word ten times in a minute. The PFA claimed that they made it ‘clear’ to him that swearing and racist references were not allowed:

We were totally dismayed that the performance was the exact opposite of our requirement.”

Malala - A Beacon of Hope


Malala Yousafzai, the young female activist who was fatally shot for her advocacy for girl’s free education, has become a beacon of hope for all females alike around the world. She miraculously escaped death having been shot in the head by the Taliban, for advocating for the rights of girls and women to be educated. At the tender age of just 15 years old and having survived critical surgery on her skull, Malala’s commitment to gender equality is astounding, resulting in her becoming the youngest nominee for the Nobel Prize.

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