Congratulations to Winsome-Grace Cornish MBE


Operation Black Vote’s (OBV) Winsome - Grace Cornish has been honoured by the State for her services to the Black community. An honour richly deserved. As Editor of the Voice, the newspaper not only witnessed its highest circulation figures ever, she also ensured the paper became the campaigning voice for Black Britons everywhere.

Remembering civil rights activist Clara Luper


Clara Luper, one of the most well-known civil rights activists in the United States, died Wednesday night in Oklahoma City. Clara was 88. She was well known for her non-violent protests and is credited for the development of the sit-in.

Clara Luper was the first black student to enrol in the history department at Oklahoma University. She taught American History for 41 years in Oklahoma City schools.

ACLT: Beverley De-Gale awarded OBE


Saturday June 11th 2011 marks the day that co-founder of leading UK Leukaemia charity, African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT), Beverley De-Gale, is awarded with an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's Birthday 2011 Honours List by the Prime Minister and Cabinet Secretary in recognition For services to Healthcare.

Black students and English Baccalaureate


Black Caribbean students are half as likely as white British students to achieve the new English Baccalaureate benchmark in their GCSEs, analysis by the Runnymede Trust and the Institute of Education has found.

The new measurement, recently introduced for schools in England, requires pupils to achieve A* - C grades in maths; English; two science subjects; a foreign language; and either history or geography. Only 6.8 per cent of black Caribbean students taking their GCSEs in 2010 would have met these requirements, compared to 15.4 per cent of white British students.

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Malcolm X: a life of reinvention


Sorry that this has come so late but you have less than a week to listen BBC 4's book of the week: Malcolm X: A life of Reinvention by Manning Marable.

I only caught the last episode today and will now back track and listen to the other four 15 minute episodes in this fascinating series.

As is well documented some of Marable’s facts about Malcolm are hotly disputed, that said this book has be an important document to understand one of America’s iconic Black political figures.

Congratulations to The Telegraf


The only Kurdish and Turkish language newspaper recently celebrated its 5th Anniversary in Parliament.

The Attorney General Dominic Grieve was on hand to give a key note speech. Many other MP’s from a across the political divide, and Mayoral candidates Ken Livingstone and Jenny Jones came to pay tribute to a newspaper that has become the standard bearer for these communities.

The Racial Politics of X-Men


Mikhail Lyubansky, Ph.D., from the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he teaches Psychology of Race and Ethnicity and Theories of Psychotherapy, writes about the new X-Men film and its racial politics.

Jenni Steele wins Make a Difference Awards


OBV alumni Jenni Steele was honoured Monday night at the Make a Difference Awards, an event that recognises the huge contribution people make in Lewisham. Jenni was the overall winner for the Supporting Others Award, which awards individuals who give their time and support to mentor others.

Kingsley Burrell: British Justice?


The tragic death of Kingsley Burrell a young blackman a father, brother and son at the hands of West Midlands Police is profoundly resonant in some ways of the policing style of South African apartheid regime, the epitome of a racist police state.

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