Double risk of stroke amongst BME communities


Despite being a treatable condition, stroke continues to be the third leading cause of death in England and the largest cause of disability. Therefore a stroke awareness campaign has been launched by Public Health England which highlights the importance of acting ‘F.A.S.T’ as soon as stroke symptoms present themselves.

Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson in race row


The BBC may be sued by an Indian-born actor for airing an episode of Top Gear in which host Jeremy Clarkson used a racial slur against Asians.

In the recently aired Top Gun Burma special, Clarkson had just finished building a bridge. As an Asian man walked across it, Clarkson said “That is a proud moment, but there’s a slope on it.” Slope is a derogatory name for people of Asian descent. The origins of the slur are unclear, but it was used more commonly between the 1940s and 1960s in reference to Vietnam.

Cameron recognises the best of British Muslim achievement


Earlier this week, Prime Minister David Cameron joined an audience of over 800 people at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel to celebrate The Muslim News Awards for Excellence - Britain's longest standing Muslim awards event. Now in its twelfth year, the coveted award ceremony recognises the very best of Muslim contribution to British society.

The Prime Minister presented the Enterprise award to Shabir Randeree, Executive Chairman of DCD Group, and said:

Dan Park: Racism masquerades as art



Jallow Momodou, a Swedish activist and National Co-ordinator of the European Network Against Racism, has been the target of racist attacks for standing strong in his fight against the much ignored racism within Swedish society. Recently Momodou was depicted in a poster, along with two other black men, wearing a noose around their heads as if they were about to be hanged.

The poster displayed the phrase, “Hang on Afrofobians,” and not only included a picture of each man, but also showed their full names over their foreheads.

The race penalty in university education


“Study hard, get a good education and life’s opportunities will be open to you.” So the education mantra goes. And in part it is correct, but what do we tell our children about education’s persistent race penalty?

“Oh, and by the way, Son, even if you enter university with the same grades as your white friend, he or she are significantly more likely to end up with a better degree than you.”

Dear BBC: Don’t cut African Caribbean journalist


A powerful group of individuals including the most senior Black person- Pat Younge- the BBC has ever employed- have written to senior bosses at the BBC urging them not to axe a key journalistic post dedicated to covering African and Caribbean stories. Here’s the letter.

If you you’d like to sign let us know via this page or our Facebook page. Thank you for your support.

Dear Tony Hall and James Harding,

Voter registration made easier


Electoral Commission Chair Jenny Watson, writing in the Guardian makes a compelling case for online voter registration. She argues that it is essential for a modern democracy, and will help ensure organisations such as OBV and Bite the Ballot can get more people on the register

Julie Akorley: Holding court in the House of Lords


A graduate from the OBV Magistrate Shadowing scheme in her first year on the bench has already been invited to speak at the House of Lords about being a magistrate from a Black and minority ethnic community. Her journey is both moving and compelling in its ability to inspire others to be civic and community role models.

Julie Akorley was inspired to become a magistrate after learning at an OBV event that anyone could apply, regardless of whether they had any legal background.

It really opened my eyes,”

Gang culture killed 15-year old school girl Shereka Marsh


It would be wrong to speculate on some of the details that saw a promising young student -Sheraka Marsh- accidently gunned down at her boyfriend’s party in Hackney on Saturday afternoon, but one thing is for sure: gang-gun culture played a tragic role in this young women’s death.

Those rap stars such as 50 cent and Eminem who parade around in their videos with guns and girls and a ‘glamorous’ lifestyle, influence young men to ape their actions with the most appalling consequences.

Why don't more ethnic minorities vote?


By Tim Wigmore writing in The Telegraph

In 2010, ethnic minorities were three times less likely to be registered to vote than white Britons. Whether this gap is reduced will go a long way to determining the result of the next general election.

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