The Black vote and lessons learned from the US


The most recent census showed that the population under 18 is significantly more ethnically diverse than the rest of the electorate. This is filtering into the make-up of those who vote. Research published on Monday by Operation Black Vote (OBV) concludes that any future majority government will only be possible with the support of ethnic minority voters.

Adeline Aina: A victory for common sense


Today Adeline Aina remains the chosen candidate for Larkhall ward in Lambeth. Senior Labour Officials have advised the Local Labour party that their actions to deselect her were invalid, and the original democratic result stands.

This is a victory for Adeline, and for all those people who supported her but above all it is a victory for local democracy.

One worries what might have occurred if Adeline had not had the strength to fight this injustice or the support of those who would speak on her behalf.

Speaking exclusively to OBV Adeline said:

Sunny Dhadley: Policing the Crime Board


Here at OBV we are currently in the middle of yet another of our award-winning mentoring and shadowing scheme this one covering Birmingham and Wolverhampton with the West Midlands Civic Leadership Programme, funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust. One particular go-getting member amidst an already elite group of 40 individuals is Sundeep Dhadley who has, it would seem, a finger in every pie and has managed to garner himself a position as the newest member and Third Sector representative of the new Policing and Crime Board in Wolverhampton.

Oprah Winfrey told: ‘You cant afford it’


You maybe one of the most influential women on the planet, but if you're Black and the person doesn’t know your status, too often to them, you’re just another lesser human being than the rest of white society.

When Oprah Winfrey walked into a Chic Boutique in Zurich wanting to spend twenty four thousand pounds on a designer handbag, the shop assistant took one look at Oprah and said:

you can’t afford it."

Black vote can decide 2015 general election


Ground-breaking research undertaken by Operation Black Vote shows that the Black and minority ethnic (BME) electorate could decide over one quarter of the seats in the 2015 General Election. That means BME voters have the greatest opportunity ever to effectively engage in British politics.

Have you been stopped and searched?


Speak out now.

In the wake of the recent spate of divisive Home Office initiatives such as tube 'stop checks' and 'go home' ad vans, the Islam Channel would like to explore the direct impact it is having on our communities.

Ukip ‘Bongo bongo’ MEP


I’m not sure what’s worse: Another Ukip candidate exposed as a thoroughly rotten racist or the seemingly thousands out there who appear to agree with him. In a particular rancid rant, Godfrey Bloom MEP called for UK Aid to be halted in ‘Bongo bongo land’, which as he knows fully well is a deeply insulting term for the continent of Africa.

In a shallow and demeaning defense, which only magnified his contempt for Black people, Bloom stated that:

Rise in university applications from BME students, but what does this really mean?


Recent news has shown that there has been a rise in university applications from BME students. UCAS stated that applications rates for black 18-year-olds has risen from 20 per cent in 2006 to 34 per cent this year. Though this is an achievement in itself, there is still a long way to go. With young Black boys still remaining the most likely to be unemployed, and even BME graduates have a tougher task finding a job than white graduates , the stench of inequality remains lingering.

Eid-ul-Fitr festival comes to London


As Ramadan comes to a close in the next few days, London’s Mayor Boris Johnson has confirmed plans to mark Eid-ul-Fitr with a free festival in Trafalgar Square.

What does an illegal immigrant look like?


In perhaps the most multicultural metropolis in the world, boasting residents from almost every corner of the globe, speaking in excess of 150 languages what does an illegal immigrant look like in London?

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