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.

Hate breeds hate, breeds hate


Six young men all from the West Midlands sought to take their hatred of the hate filled English Defence League to a level that could kill and maim literally hundreds.

Mohammed Saud, Omar Khan Zohaib Ahmed, Jewel Uddin, Mohammed Hasseen, and Anzal Hussain pleaded guilty at a London court to preparation for acts of terrorism.

Five of the men travelled to Dewsbury, West Yorkshire to intercept an EDL demonstration. The attack had to be abandoned because the group arrived late.

Education Matters


Following OBV’s recent launch of the Wolverhampton Civic Leadership Programme 2013 last month, the Wolverhampton Programme Members have now embarked upon their courses. The programme aims to address the deficit of BME representation by observing four areas of public life – School Governors, Councillors, Trustees and Safer Neighbourhood Teams.

PFA scores own goal on racism



I see that the Professional Football Association Player of The Year Awards ceremony decided it would be fun to invite the African American comic Reginald D Hunter to provide the entertainment at their spectacular annual showpiece event. This inspired move, reminiscent of a decision of the Entertainments Committee of the Wheel Tappers & Shunters Social Club ,-for our worldwide readers, a bygone bigoted comedy scene- resulted in Hunter using the word n****r 10 times in the first minute of his act.

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