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Black Men in the Community to honour women’s contribution

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As we celebrate International Women’s Month, Black Men in the Community (BMITC) in partnership with Yaa Asantewaa are hosting their first gala event to celebrate the invaluable contribution which women have made to the black community.

Entitled, ‘Celebrating Our Women’s Advancement and Leadership’ the event will be hosted by Angie Le Mar and will include a discussion with a panel of leaders and aspiring young women, including Baroness Patricia Scotland who will share their thoughts and expertise in relation to female success and leadership.

“Academic Racism” at Oxbridge universities?

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An (Ox)bridge too far?

Walter Tull and I

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During my 48 years as a local journalist, I’ve written thousands of stories about local people, past and present. So when I was contacted by researchers from the Dover War Memorial Project with information they had uncovered about a local war hero, it seemed like just another story.

Still no ‘Free Schools’ run by Black Teachers

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In sheer desperation and frustration in regards to not being given permission to set up a ‘Free School’, two African-Caribbean teachers will challenge the Department of Education as to why their application was rejected. Ms Johnson and Ms Broni sought to set up the school, in part to help steer Black boys away from gang culture and towards academic success.

Will Smith brings a little Hollywood to Brixton

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Hollywood Superstar Will Smith brought a little bit of tinsel town to Brixton, South London yesterday. He arrived there with local MPs Chucka Ummanu, and Tessa Jowell. At Smith’s request they arrived unannounced, so that he could sample the delights of UK’s ‘Harlem’, as he put it.

To the delight of hundreds of screaming school girls, he aslo turned up at St Martin in the Fields for Girls in Tulse Hill. It was said that teachers there too became a little delirious with the star’s presence.

Seema Malhotra MP: 'Back Adrian's Bill'

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The Labour MP Seema Malhotra is calling for compulsory blood, organ and bone marrow donation education in schools to tackle a shortage of registered donors in the UK.

The figures to tackle this life-saving health problem make grim reading: Just 50% of people who need a bone marrow transplant will find a matching donor, and there are over 7,000 people currently waiting for donated organs. Increasing the number of donors in the UK will help save more lives.

Dare To Dream: MLK (50 Years On)

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The MLK 50 years on project will be launching at the House of Commons this Monday 11th March at 6pm in Committee Room 10. Speakers include John McDonnell MP, Lee Jasper, Bellevia Riberio Addy, and many more. The project is about a celebration of Dr Kings life, and the 50th anniversary of the 'I have a dream speech', but also how his legacy lives on with our struggles today. Join the struggle, join the MLK 50 year on.

Aneeta Prem saves lives

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A new smartphone app launched this week by Aneeta Prem’s Freedom Charity could potentially save lives according to the Government and those working to combat forced marriages and dishonour-based violence.

The horrific stories about young women being beaten and even murdered, often by family members, is a grime reminder that those young women affected need a safe outlet to alert authorities and others about the dangers they might be in.

Film celebrates Caribbean war veterans

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Support has been growing for a new documentary film that explores the relationship between Caribbean and English World War Two servicemen.

OBV alumni, Cllr Judith Best, is campaigning for the film - Divided by Race, United in War and Peace -to be screened in all the schools around Lambeth, in south London. There are similar moves afoot in other London boroughs, Birmingham and Manchester.

Cllr Best said:

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