Diane Abbott: Black Child Achievement Awards


This year’s London Schools and Black Child Academic Achievement Awards will take place on 10 October at the House of Commons.

The event will be hosted by Diane Abbott, shadow minister and Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington.

Amongst the celebrities confirmed to attend the event are legendary newscaster, Sir Trevor Macdonald, Olympic British silver-medallist Christine Ohuruogu, and chart topping rapper Wretch 32.

Marvin Rees: Labour Party conference special


In what was the most important speech of his young political life, OBV alumni Marvin Rees was given a standing ovation at the Labour Party Conference last week.

Marvin who is the Labour party candidate in the fight to become the first directly elected Mayor for Bristol was asked to give the speech by way of introducing the Labour Party leader Ed Miliband.

Knowing that the UK and the world’s media would be watching - in part because they were waiting for the Labour leader- Marvin gave a humble, moving, yet upbeat and confident performance.

John Barnes: ‘John Terry, like most of society is unconsciously racist’


Live on national radio former England and Liverpool football star John Barnes told late night listeners on the popular radio 5 Steve Nolan programme, that Chelsea Captain John Terry could in part be excused for his racist rant at Anton Ferdinand because British society is ‘unconsciously racist’.

To illustrate his point Barnes said:

In this society when tens of thousands of Black people die, there is not the same collective outrage if hundreds of white people were killed.

He went on:

‘S.A.L.U.T.E.’ to Black History Month


A Black History Month event is to be held this Saturday, the 6th October 2012, in celebration of Black history, lifestyle and culture. Titled ‘S.A.L.U.T.E.’ and hosted jointly by Recognize and Inspiring a New Generation, the event aims to honour the legacy of Black achievement and excellence.

Presidential Candidates Face-Off: One-Nil to Romney?



After months of speculation, the United States Presidential Campaign finally became real last night following the first Presidential Debate between President Barack Obama of the Democratic Party and his Republican challenger, Former Governor Mitt Romney. The Debate was hosted at the University of Denver in Colorado and focussed on economic issues. The economy is the biggest issue in the election, with the US, like much of the world, still struggling to recover from prolonged recession.

Register today: Police and Crime Commissioner elections


Police and Crime Commissioner elections are taking place across England and Wales (apart from London) in November. These new elected positions are designed to enable us to have more influence in how our local areas look and feel - from CCTV, street lighting and graffiti to tackling gangs and drug-dealing. This is your chance to have your say and Samantha Mills, Head of Campaigns at the Electoral Commission writes for OBV about the making sure that your vote counts.

Shevane Poyser - Young, Black and Empowered


For some people, the mere mention of politics, sets of a chorus of “blah, blah, blah” in their head. Not so, for 21 year old Business and Sociology student Shevane Poyser from Aston University. Poyser is the President of the Empowerment Society at the university and writes exclusively for Operation Black Vote about the aims of the society and why he believes activism is important and necessary.

Archbishop Chrysostomos II: I would even back a black man


In February 2013, Cyprus will take part in its Presidential elections. Although a few months away, the elections have gained global attention this week because of comments by Archbishop Chrysostomos II of Cyprus.

Refugees: Unravelling the truth



At this time of severe austerity measures, immigration, foreign aid and refugees are just some of the issues which become easy targets in a populist backlash. OBV spoke exclusively to Pam Inder, Chair of Leicester City of Sanctuary, a national charity which helps people seeking sanctuary in the UK to explore the so-called ‘refugee problem’.

James Meredith - 50 years on


Sol B River had an exclusive interview with the American Civil Rights activist, James Meredith, which was aired last night  on BBC 2's Newsnight. The interview covered a range of themes that resonate profoundly with both its participants as well as the BME community at large. In an age of significant racial discrimination, James Howard Meredith went on to become a key player in the African-American Civil Rights Movement that dominated the early 1960s.

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