Citizen Khan on BBC 1


BBC1 bosses have decided to commission their first Asian sitcom created by presenter and journalist Adil Ray.

Citizen Khan will be a six-part series set in Sparkhill, Birmingham and follows self-appointed "Muslim community leader" and businessman Mr Khan and his British-Pakistani family.

England captain John Terry accused of racism


This is supposed to be the time of the year when the football family in the UK stands together and embrace Kick It Out's "One Game, One Community".

Annual UFFC march against deaths in custody


Eighteen people have died in this year in police custody so far. Over the past five years (up to the end of 2010) there have been a total of 117 deaths in police custody, according to INQUEST. It is clear from these statistics that custody deaths remains an important issue that the public should take note of in the UK today.

The Oldham Riots - Long journey ahead towards breaking barriers


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.

Church leaders speak out against deaths in custody


Prominent church leaders from the community have spoken out against the disturbing spate of black deaths in custody in the latest edition of Black Mental Health UK’s The Solution magazine.

Their comments come ahead of a public meeting on black deaths in custody at the London School of Economics Student Union (LSESU) tonight from 6.30 – 9pm organised by Black Mental Health UK and the LSESU.

Happy Diwali


The Hindu festival of Diwali is commonly referred to as the festival of lights, however, the word itself means ‘rows of lights’, this is because homes and shops are decorated with divas.

The meaning of Diwali varies in different regions of India but I believe that the festival celebrates the return of Ram and Sita to Ayodhya. Ram was exiled for fourteen years following a disagreement over who should be the next king. Whilst in exile, Ravan, the demon king kidnaps Ram’s wife, Sita.

Rebel MPs rock the boat during EU referendum vote


Prime Minister David Cameron may have won the vote in Parliament last night, but he could face a difficult four years by rebel Conservative MPs.

Mr Cameron comfortably defeated a motion tabled by Conservative MP David Nuttall, which called for a referendum on whether the UK should stay in the EU, leave it or renegotiate its membership. The Commons debate was prompted after a petition was signed by more than 100,000 people.

David Lammy: Why I became an MP


It was during the Broadwater Farm riots in Tottenham back in 1985 that David Lammy MP made a decision which may have shaped the path he has taken in life.

The riots were triggered by the death of Cynthia Jarrett, who suffered a stroke after police officers searched her home. The place was turned into a warzone, with local youths clashing with riot police, which resulted in PC Keith Blakelock losing his life.

Dangerous assumptions


Jane Lane is an educationalist and a fervent activist always fighting for social and racial justice. Here, she writes for OBV on her thoughts about the assumptions we make and the damaging effects they have, often on those least able to defend themselves. It's a timely and thought-provoking piece.

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