Lupita Nyong'o calls out Grazia magazine for racist editing


Earlier this week, Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o spoke out against a photographer airbrushing over her natural hair in the November edition of Grazia magazine. The young actress took to social media to accuse the publication of editing her hair to “fit a more Eurocentric notion of what beautiful hair looks like”.

Charlotte, N.C. elects Vi Lyles as its first African-American mayor


On Tuesday, the United States ushered in several firsts with the results of their local elections. One of these firsts is North Carolina’s Vi Lyles – Charlotte’s first African American mayor, according to the Charlotte Observer. Democrat Lyles, in a state that has historically voted Republican, won with 58 percent of the votes and defeated her Republican opponent, Kenny Smith.

Living With the Gods: Storytelling through artefacts with Neil MacGregor


BBC Radio 4 has begun airing Living With the Gods this month, an exploration of community and religion as they have influenced society from the Ice Age to present day. The thirty part series, hosted by Neil MacGregor – retired director of the British Museum, art historian, and impassioned Christian – is complemented by a related exhibition of religious objects that has been on display at the British Museum from 2 November.

Muslim teacher sacked for safeguarding students welfare


Surayah Bi, a Muslim teaching assistant, has won an unfair dismissal case after being sacked from the Heartlands Academy in Birmingham in 2015 for arguing that a teacher should not be showing graphic footage from the 9/11 attacks in the classroom.

BAME and Muslim prisoners more likely to receive poor treatment


A recent study conducted by the Runnymede Trust, a race equality thinktank, and the University of Greenwich has found that black and Muslim individuals are more likely to receive harsher treatment in prisons, and that this treatment leads to poorer rates of rehabilitation and deteriorated mental health. Focusing on male black and minority ethnic offenders, this study involved 340 subjects in total over four different facilities.

Black gold for England lions


England's triumphant under 17 World Cup winners, who performed a stunning come-back act to beat Spain at the weekend, had more black players in the starting line-up than France's legendary class of 1998.

Eight of the first eleven young lions are black. Seven starters in England's recent under 20's World Cup winning triumph were of the same background.

New IKEA ad showcases diversity


A new campaign launched by IKEA called “Hooray! To the Wonderful Everyday” depicting a Black family living the good life has been receiving acclaim from Black British people who are now starting to see themselves more and more depicted in advertisements.

Lewis Hamilton: Greatest British F1 driver, ever!


Yesterday late afternoon I nervously settled down with my son to watch what I hoped would be Lewis Hamilton show-boating his way to the record books by winning his fourth world FI championship in Mexico.

I told my son ‘Hamilton has no need to fight the young gun Max Verstappon or his nearest rival Sebastian Vettel’, who were both on the front grid with Hamilton behind on third. ‘As long as he finishes in fifth place, he’ll be the champion. End of!’

Cambridge student asks university to "decolonise" English curriculum


A Black Cambridge student has found herself under a barrage of social media attacks after publically criticizing the lack of black and ethnic minority authors in the university’s English curriculum. Calling it a “very targeted form of harassment”, Lola Olufemi – the women’s officer of Cambridge’s student union – states that she was inundated with racist and sexist insults following her picture and name being published along with her criticisms on the front page of the Telegraph.

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