The Royal Visit - Another View


As Prince William and his wife Kate return from their Royal tour as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Ahmed Sule challenges a rose tinted view of the Royal visit. In his picture story, Sule suggests whilst British colonies no longer exist, viewing photos and piantings, past and present, notions of deference and superiority are never too far away.

What do you think?

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‘The innocence of white people’


A French scholar living in Canada  sent me this article written by Michael Muhammad Knight, and whilst I don’t agree with everything in the piece, he certainly forces the reader to question who writes our history, who sets out the parameters for what is good and bad, who decided who are innocent and who are the guilty.

The piece is written within the back drop of the Muslim world’s outrage towards the US film, 'The innocence of Muslim' that denigrates the Prophet Muhammad.

Godfrey Bloom - What a bloomin’ fool



Godfrey Bloom, a candidate for Humberside’s first Police Commissioner has sparked anger by saying that he would want to abolish the concept of hate crime.

Bloom, who currently serves as an MEP for Yorkshire and north Lincolnshire said,

London Fashion week: Black is the new Black


For a few brief hours toward the end of London’s glamorous Fashion week, Black literally was the new Black.

Fashion designer and milliner to the stars, Phillip Treacy lit up the cat walk with a cast of all Black models - 25 models including Leomie Anderson, Betty Adewole and Jourdan Dunn.

Not only was this a spectacular show with Treacy’s hats which instantly becomes works of art in their own right, but the imagery of exquisite craftsmanship and Nubian beauty has rocked the industry to its core.

Alok Sharma becomes Conservative Vice Chair


Last week, Prime Minister David Cameron appointed Alok Sharma as the Conservative Party Vice Chair, BME Communities.

His appointment is a small step in the right direction, after changes earlier in the month which have resulted in an all white cabinet, not seen in the UK for over a decade.

The Reading West MP, who was elected two years ago will focus on working and engaging with BME groups throughout the UK. Mr Sharma said:

'Innocence of Muslims' sparks outrage globally


The Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) have been outraged by the release of a controversial film entitled, 'Innocence of Muslims' which projects the Prophet Muhammad in a defamatory and insulting way.

Video clips from the badly made and cheaply produced film have been posted on to YouTube and have sparked demonstrations in several countries across the world. The video clips have caused offence to Muslims; by defaming and mocking the Prophet of Islam Muhammad and displaying him and early practitioners of Islam in an insulting manner.

Trevor Phillips' legacy: panel verdict



This week Trevor Phillips stepped down as chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). OBV's Director Simon Woolley, Race Commissioner at the EHRC along with Sandra Kerr, Director of Race for Opportunity and Rob Berkeley, Director of Runneymede share their views with the Guardian on the impact Phillips has made and outline the main challenges of race equality.

Please click here to read the full article

Voting rights at risk in America


The United States is in the midst of a Presidential election campaign. With many issues at stake up in the campaign, this is an opportunity for Americans to have their voice heard by registering their choice of candidate. However, developments in the past two years may have done much to prevent voters, many of them from BME groups, from using their fundamental right to vote, restricting the democratic process.

Andrew Stunell endorses the latest edition of The Solution


The outgoing local government minister Andrew Stunell endorsed the latest edition of Black Mental Health UK's (BMH) online journal The Solution. BMH was set up in 2006 to raise awareness and see a reduction in the inequalities of treatment and care of people from African and Caribbean decent. The Solution was relaunched earlier this year with a foreword from Home Office Minister for Crime and Security, James Brokenshire. The journal is essential reading for the mental health sector.

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