The divided States of America


Donald Trump was last night officially confirmed as the Republican Party nominee to take on Democrat Hilary Clinton in November's race to become the 45th President of the United States.

In his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio Trump declared himself the ‘law and order candidate’ and that “Nobody knows the system better than me”.

OBV: 20 years fighting for race equality


Twenty years ago this week, - 16th July 1996 - we launched OBV at the House of Commons. Our goal, in part, was to tackle race inequality through the democratic process.

A few people have said to me; ‘why aren’t you making more of your 20th Anniversary at OBV? ’

'We will', I’ve replied, 'but now isn’t the right time. There’s too much to be done'.

When Boris met Obama


Eder Lopes: From nowhere to football's summit


Four years almost to the day I remember listening to the 1968 legendary 'Black power' Olympian Tommy Smith after just watching himself at the cinema win the 200 metres final in Mexico 1968. He relived and remembered every step of the race. It was though he was back there running it again, still not quite sure how it would end. A magical defining moment he said that stays with you in Technicolor for your whole life.

Brexit and the rising hatred East Europeans face


Whilst eagerly awaiting the European cup final last Sunday, when by the way the unlikely Portuguese hero Eder eventually scored the winning goal- more on him in another article- I found myself unaccustomedly watching BBC’s country file.

There was a section that, clearly not planned by the beeb that jumped out at me. The piece was about strawberries. Of course Wimbledon had just finished hours early and the discussion began with the tons of strawberries consumed over the Wimbledon fortnight.

Theresa May to be next Prime Minister


With Andrea Leavson pulling out of the Conservative Leadership race, Theresa May is almost certain to become the next British Prime Minister.

With the Labour party seemingly in utter disarray what does all this mean for Black Britain?

Well in truth we just don’t know. On the plus side May has been a champion in confronting as never before the issue of ‘Stop and search’ and how it demonises Black youth. Deaths in police custody, coupled with the negative racial aspect of mental health has also been a cause the May has sought to fight.

Black flight: England’s changing suburbs


Simon Woolley vividly remembers his introduction to the English suburbs. He was detained and handcuffed outside his own home by police officers who refused to believe he lived there. But for the intervention of his white English neighbours, who hurried to vouch for him, the black Briton was on an ignominious route to the local station. These things stay with you.

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