Zoe Saldana: Racism in Hollywood


Hollywood is a place where dreams are created for the public to enjoy, but the film industry has been accused of racism by one of its own.

Rising actress Zoe Saldana believes she has been the victim of discrimination and overlooked for film roles because she doesn't fit the picture.

The 33-year-old, who has played leading roles in films such as Avatar, Star Trek and The Losers, said she had witnessed racism throughout her life and that when it came to Hollywood, she was still judged on her skin colour rather than her acting abilities.

Eid Mubarak


As Eid-ul-Fitr arrives, marking the end of Ramadan and a month long commitment to abstinence, temperance and contemplation, OBV would like to extend our warmest greetings and blessings to our Muslim brothers and sisters.

Ramadan, the holiest month in the Muslim calendar, is spent by fasting from sun up to sun down and has proved a particularly assiduous challenge for Britain’s Muslim community this year with long summer days lasting for up to 18 hours.

London dreams for Paralympics hero


All the hype and hysteria for the 2012 Olympic Games in London have been overshadowed by an equally important sporting event also taking place next summer.

This week marks exactly a year to the day when the capital hosts the Paralympics, and hundreds of athletes are psyching themselves to put in the extra hours on the track, in the gym and battling against the odds to be ready to represent Britain and bring home the medals.

Notting Hill Carnival unites communities


Just weeks after riots which breached the peace in London and other cities in England, there were calls for the Notting Hill Carnival to be called off this year.

But having become a permanent fixture on the calendar on the last Bank holiday of the summer, the two-day festival livened up the streets of west London with a riot of colour, music, food and multicultural camaraderie.

Get involved with the Commonwealth Youth Parliament


Ever fancied sitting in the House of Lords Red benches and getting a free tour of Parliament? Then read on.

An exciting new opportunity has been announced for young people to take part in the Fourth Commonwealth Youth Parliament (CYP) at Westminster on September 9.

United Nations committee on race: CERD


An unprecedented number of NGOs descended in Geneva, Switzerland for the UK's 18th, 19th and 20th periodic report to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination.

Notting Hill Carnival


As August comes to a close and the despondence of late subsides, a familiar piquant returns in all its inimitable abundance to restore a sense of pride and community. I am of course talking about the Notting Hill Carnival. And as Europe’s largest street festival draws ever closer and thousands make their final preparations, London can look forward to some much needed merriment.

Sikhs Against the EDL



The clock is ticking down to the English Defence League's planned march in Tower Hamlets to continue their endless protest against the Muslim community. Of course, they like to remind everyone they are not against Muslims, but campaigning against militant Islam and are not a racist organisation.

Lewisham's Civic Champions


With more people from the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities giving consideration to political education, participation and representation, there was plenty of enthusiasm and motivation from those taking part in the second training day of the Lewisham Civic Leadership programme this week.

Jamal Edwards: Media Mogul in the Making


It has taken just five years for young entrepreneur Jamal Edwards to take his enterprise from his bedroom to the boardroom.

The 20-year-old is the founder and CEO of SBTV, billed as the UK’s biggest youth media channel.

SBTV, the name which was inspired by Edward’s moniker as ‘Smokey Barz’, is recognised as the country’s leading youth broadcaster on YouTube having received 70 million hits and has helped advanced the careers of artists including Devlin and Ed Sheeran.

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