Ubele Initiative - it's good to talk


Action speak louder than words but it is words and dialogue which can help initiate change and that is the focus of an event to hold an open dialogue in the Black community later this month.

The Ubele initiative is hoping to bring together different generations from the African and Caribbean community to talk about the work that needs to be done between the elders and the youngsters so the community remains strong and viable over the next 30 years.

The art of parenting


In these troubled times that have seen the focus turn to the ‘family’, or lack of it Dr David Nieta explores what we might learn from our African ancestors.

A visit to the British Museum is not complete without a proper viewing of the African Statue of Senenmut and Neferure. The statue, although in a strange land, survives and conveys to us a vital song on the precious principles of parenting. Here I present my own thoughts and learning on the subject of parenting through my interaction with this amazing piece of African art.

The future leaders from the Black community


For most young people, September is the month when they will be returning to schools, colleges and universities trying to get an education and forge life choices. But after the summer of rioting and mindless violence left many of England’s cities burning, the youth of the country haven’t been painted in the best light.

Black Mental Health UK launches The Solution magazine



Care services Minister Paul Burstowe MP has endorsed a new digital magazine entitled ‘The Solution’, which is set to transform the debate on ethnicity and mental healthcare.

Launched by the campaigns group Black Mental Health UK, this publication aims to mainstreams one of the most marginalised areas of healthcare.

Dr Indarjit Singh becomes the first Turban-wearing Sikh peer


Dr Indarjit Singh OBE CBE has become the first Turban-wearing Sikh to be appointed a life peer in the House of Lords.

Dr Singh, who is the director of the Network of Sikh Organisations, will sit as an independent Lord.

He played a central role in the landmark case of Mandla v Dowell Lee in 1982, which established an important degree of protection for Sikhs to wear the symbols of their faith.

Magic Mo Farah's golden moment


It was a great moment to see Mo Farah run to victory in the final of the 5,000m at the World Athletic Championships at the weekend. Just a week before, Farah had been pipped to the 10,000m gold medal in South Korea after being beaten with metres to go by Ethiopia's Ibrahim Jeilan.

The regret of missing out on a world title spurred on the Somalia-born athlete on Sunday and he made sure it was Britain who would be celebrating another world champion and also help cement Farah's place as the leading distance runner in the country's history.

Community holds strong against EDL London demo


They came, they saw and they were cornered - the English Defence League's mission to enter Tower Hamlets on Saturday turned out to be a failure.

Officers will not face action over Smiley Culture death


The Independent Police Complaints Commission have decided that no officers will face action over the death of reggae star Smiley Culture.

The family of the singer have reacted angrily to the decision and over claims by officers that he had stabbed himself in the heart during a police drugs raid at his home in March.

The decision by the IPCC to not hold the police accountable for his death have deepened the mistrust the Black community have of the police, especially when it comes to the issue of deaths in custody.

Getting away with murder


The rising number of deaths in police custody continues to be of major concern to the community, especially when no one is held accountable.

According to a report by Independent Police Complaints Commission in July, there have been 21 deaths in police custody in 2010/11. Some estimate almost 333 deaths in the last decade. Campaigners and families of those who have died in custody believe that the authorities have been getting away with murder.

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