Spot the Black Lib Dem?


As the Liberal Democrats kick off the party conference season, the pundits have been discussing the nature of liberalism in this country, but will it discuss race inequality and diversity particularly in its own party

Mother’s Cry Over Mass Youth Murder Rate


As our children return to school, they have had to come to terms with the massive numbers of young people like them who have been violently murdered in London this year. Despite the fact that we are only three weeks into September, three young men have already lost their lives this month: 17 year old Marcel Addai on September 3rd in Pitfield Street Hoxton; 17 year old Shaquan Mario Fearon on Wednesday September 2nd on Turnham Road Brockley; and most recently, 16 year old Mohammad Dura-Ray who lost his life in Canterbury Place, Walworth on September 14th.

3.5 Minutes, Ten Bullets


A powerful film, based on a true story, this film takes a look under the hood of urban violence in America. This unique film examines the relationship between youth violence and music in a dramatic and convincing portrayal of life for aspiring young people in the music industry. Hosted by Kush Films and Choices Consortium the evening promises much food for thought on contemporary life in the US.

Viv Ahmun Director of Choices Consortium said:

Notable Black British lives in 18th and 19th century England


‘Sancho – An Act of Remembrance’ a one-man play written by Paterson Joseph, begins a short run later this week, first in Oxford and then Birmingham.

It celebrates the extraordinary 18th century life of Charles Ignatius Sancho (pictured above), the first British-African to vote in Britain, and the first to have an obituary in the British press when he died in December, 1780.

Understanding Restorative Justice


In this article Lisa Rowles, Design & Development Lead for the Charity Khulisa, explores the importance of restorative justice in today’s world and acknowledges its’ African roots

Khulisa - Leveraging truth & reconciliation in pursuit of community restoration

Can Syed Kamall beat Zac Goldsmith?


While we have focused on Sayed Khan’s selection as the Labour candidate for the Mayor of London election next year, let’s not overlook the Conservative contest.

Four men have been shortlisted: Zac Goldsmith, Richmond Park and North Kingston MP; Andrew Boff, London Assembly Member; Syed Kamall, London MEP; and Stephen Greenhalgh, London's deputy mayor for crime and policing.

Following several hustings, registered voters will make their choice online with the winner announced at the end of this month.

Welcome back Gary Younge!


Arguably, of the UK’s finest political commentators of his generation, Gary Younge is back home in the UK, writing commentary on social and political issues. He has been away for nearly decade with his family in the US as the Guardian’s correspondent.

But he’s back now, and it's only when you read his perceptive and illuminating articles, with his unique turn of phrase, you realise just how much he’s been missed. Here’s one of many gems throughout the piece.

Marvin Rees wins Bristol Mayoral nomination


Once again Marvin Rees is on the threshold of making history, having won the nomination to stand as the Labour Party mayoral candidate in Bristol next year. If he wins he’ll become the first directly elected African/Caribbean mayor of a major city in Europe. On the same day Sadiq Khan or Syed Kamall could also become London’s mayor.

For Marvin Rees, this is a true story of tenacity, inner strength and determination to win against the odds. Many would argue that this indeed is the Black experience in the UK.

Diane Abbott and Seema Malhotra in Corbyn’s Cabinet


Congratulations to Diane Abbott MP and Seema Malhotra MP, both appointed to Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet.

Abbott has been given the role of Shadow Minister for International Development, and Malhotra , Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury. Both were recently been under the spotlight at hustings organised by OBV. Abbott took part in the Labour London Mayor candidates’ hustings in July in Brixton whilst Malhotra was a very impressive deputy for Yvette Cooper at the Labour Leadership hustings held in Canary Wharf a week later.

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