Somali Leadership Scheme: Safer Neighbourhoods Observation


OBV's Samira Ahmed, Hashim Omar, Tajir Ali, Safiya Mohamed and Yarub Farah were five of a dozen participants that attended the Safer Neighbourhoods Observation meeting in East India at the Aberfeldy Neighbourhood Centre last week.

Safer Neighbourhoods teams are dedicated to the needs of each specific neighbourhood, with the policing priorities for that area decided in partnership with local stakeholders - the public, crime and disorder reduction partnerships (CDRPs), local authorities and other local organisations.

The Powerful and the Powerless


You have to accept that when the Zara designer produced the children’s stripy night top with a star in the corner, they along with the myriad of quality control checks did not realise their product bore a striking resemblance to the clothes that were given to Jewish people in the death camps. On the other hand you may not accept it.

But that’s not the point, either way.

What occurred next is most telling, and should be a wake up call for all of us who demand to be respected and above all listened to.

Mackay symbolises all that’s wrong in football


I’m paraphrasing of course, but this is what Malcky Mackay in effect said last week in his media conference:

Just because I sent truly awful racist, sexist, homophobic and anti-Semitic comments to friend doesn’t mean ‘I’m not a racist, sexist, homophobe, or anti-Semitic."

Well Mr Mackay, exactly what does it actually mean?

Ferguson, Missouri


Madras Day - 375th Anniversary of the metropolis


Last week, millions in the city celebrated Madras Day, renamed Chennai by an Indian government act of decree in 1996 to remove the yoke of British and European colonial history on city names.

Ferguson, Missouri: Dear Mr President!


Operation Black Vote has always had links to the top American Black news site North Star. OBV’s Director Simon Woolley and North Star’s CEO Walter Fields collaborated on UK-US empowerment projects nearly two decades ago. Now we want to rejuvenate those links to help ensure that African Americans are better informed of the Black British and Black European perspective, and that we too are linked in to the pulse of Black America. Here is the first of many articles and news pieces which we will be covering.

Brett Bailey and the new white supremacy


I guess it’s one way to get international fame, lauded by liberals, and thanked by Black actors for getting some miserly short term employment.

But in the real world for the vast majority of Black Britons, and other Africans on main land Europe -where this exhibition has been equally controversial- Brett Bailey’s human installation that mimics the nineteenth century Victorian ‘human zoo’, which exhibited Africans in cages, is but a modern day facet of white supremacy.

Is there is a Ferguson near you?


Philip Lynott: Superbrother inspired generations


As a child I remember being  transfixed, jaw dropping  watching Philip Parris "Phil" Lynott  fronting Thin Lizzy on Top of the Pops. The thrill this androgynous, 'Punk Regent' 'Superbrother' simple made me simply want to be him. It was the same with Michael Jackson, Prince or Hendrix, but he was  different. Black Americans were 'normal'- plentiful when it came to music: they dominated the charts; the tour revues; and the music magazines. I'd grown up with them.

Race equality not a photo opportunity


Pauline Pearce giving up her attempt to become Lib Dem president shows the lack of progress on race in British politics

Sadly, it was no real surprise to me when Pauline Pearce labelled the Liberal Democrats’ attitudes to race as “neanderthal” and accused them of “underhand racism” as she ditched her attempt to become party president.

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