Jay Z: Success against the odds


There are few rags to riches stories which match the journey of Jay Z aka Shawn Corey Knowles Carter. Today he stands on top of the world as a global Hip Hop mogul, entrepreneur and one-half the music power couple with his superstar wife, Beyonce. Then as now, Jay Z has always seen himself first and foremost a businessman and entrepreneur.



Last month, the pressure group Student Rights published a report claiming that ‘Islamic Extremism’ is active on University campuses and they ‘enforce’ gender segregation. The report has been condemned by Muslim student associations as part of an attempt to ‘demonise’ them. The National Union of Students (NUS) has also condemned the report as a ‘witch-hunt’.

The truth of Europe’s indebtedness to the Moors



The legacy of the Moors and their contribution to the development of European culture has been largely ignored, hidden, or denied. Western scholarship has generally obscured their significance and those who would expose the truth of Europe’s indebtedness to the Moors have been overlooked This weekend an event by the Windrush Foundation aims to change that.

‘Stop and Search’ levels fall



Finally, the proof!

Common sense told anyone who would listen that if you target criminals with intelligence led policing, and not round up almost everyone who you think looks like a criminal, two things will transpire: You can target better your limited resources on actually catching criminals, and you no longer alienate a generation of young Black men for no good reason.

Metropolitan Police recognises its lack of diversity



Radical reforms in race relations laws could allow for positive discrimination in the recruitment of officers to the police, Scotland Yard argues. The proposals that the Metropolitan Police are considering, would include 50-50 white and ethnic minority recruitment, which as a policy is currently banned under the law. The growth in London’s BME communities is substantial according to the 2011 census. The census showed that White Britons made up 45% of London’s population- a decline from 58% in 2001 census.

Arun Batra: On a mission to deliver equality



Arun Batra is on a mission to radically transform the corporate world. It’s radical because at its core he believes that dynamism, creativity, strength and loyalty are achieved in no small measure by companies achieving greater equality. The other radical aspect to Batra’s big idea is that he has convinced some of the biggest names in the corporate world to buy into his plans.

Commemoration of Lee Rigby



Councillor Patrick Vernon OBE shares his reflections on the tragic death of Lee Rigby and highlight the needs for all communities to work together to find a solution.

Lib Dems race report: But will they listen?


Black and minority members of the Liberal Democrats –EMLD- have thrown down the gauntlet to their party bosses.

A year ago Leader Nick Clegg asked the group to produce a report that would help the party ensure that tackling race equality was at the forefront of the party’s thinking. Moreover, as Government coalition partners the Lib Dems could ensure that those policy changes that were disproportionately affecting BME communities, such as education, policing and employment could be challenged.

British Sikh Report: A Voice for Change


It is not a voice you often hear, but a group of British Sikhs professionals are seeking to change just that. The British Sikh Report, launches tonight at a parliamentary event and its aim is to highlight the needs and wants of the Sikh community. The speakers at tonight’s event will include chair of the APPG on British Sikhs, Fabian Hamilton MP, Junior Minister Paul Uppal MP and Chair of the British Sikh Report Jasvir Singh.

London Black School’s Conference 2013



I took my seven-year-old son to Diane Abbott's London Black School’s conference on Saturday for a couple of hours. The conference has not been held for a few years but as Diane’s blurb pointed out, ‘it was back by popular demand.’ And true to her word it was very popular, in fact, if you arrived late as I did, there was standing room only.

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