Met officers undermine police Chief's drive for change


Just at the time when the Met Commissionor Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe was meeting with Black leaders and promising wholesale changes in the way the Met Police police inner city areas, revelations of shocking police practices have emerged.

Kei-Retta Farrel reports.

Trevor Phillips tipped to become BBC Chair


Operation Black Vote has learned from a senior source in Government that the former Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is being seriously considered to be the next Chair of the BBC.

Before moving from the CRE to become the first Chair of the EHRC, Phillips had a long career in journalism and as a TV executive. For many years he fronted his own programme, 'The London Programme'.

PM: India and GB must have strong ties


Prime Minister David Cameron has spoken of the vital relationship between India and Great Britain, as one that we ‘should not take for granted’, and has revealed his commitment to ensuring the longevity of the relationship.

Last week whilst speaking at the annual gathering of the Conservative and Friends of India, the PM told those who were in attendance his vision to strengthen the ties between India and Great Britain, saying:

We have not yet even scratched the surface of how far this relationship can go”

Rami Ranger: Britain’s No 1 entrepreneur


Entrepreneur Rami Ranger has won The Queen’s Award for Enterprise for a fifth time. The self-made millionaire had previously won the award in the four consecutive years leading up to 2012. Prime Minister, David Cameron visited Rami after his latest success, to show support for his achievements. Speaking to the Eastern Eye Rami said:

Normally people have to go to the prime minister for an award, but for the prime minister to come and present this award to me was surreal… He gave me a wonderful speech and paid tribute to me”.

UPS: Race inequality rife despite Black MD


Black workers at major UPS depots across the England complain that their superiors refer them with racially insulting names such as ‘boy’ ‘aggressive' and 'wild’. In one of many disturbing incidents, a senior manager informed a Black HR worker, after seeing an employee with dread locks that:

We don’t want Rastafarians working here."

A small gift can go a long way!


Over the summer OBV donated five computers to community projects that aim to empower, educate and better their communities.

The first two computers went to Brightstart, an after-school club founded by two sisters from Lewisham; Tamika Murray and Toyah Holness.

Eid Mubarak 2014


The first ‘Girls Summit’


This Tuesday, the UK government and UNICEF had the privilege to host the first ‘Girl Summit’, aimed to bring together the international community to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) within a generation. Girls and woman should have the right to live freely from violence and abuse and make decisions independently, but millions across the world are prevented from these basic rights.

Psy and Snoop dog: Building cultural bridges


Writing again for OBV Grace Ji-Sun Kim confronts another US race taboo: Cultural tensions between African Americans and South Koreans. Some of you may remember this was starkly illustrated in Spike Lee’s ‘Do the Right thing’, but here Grace goes into some detail exploring how the South Korean phenomena- Psy-is using his fame to build cultural bridges.

Man City abandon match after alleged racial abuse


On Tuesday evening, Patrick Vieira walked his ‘Elite Development Squad’ off the pitch in the middle of an Under-21 match in Croatia. It was alleged that City midfielder, Seiko Fofana, was racially abused by an opposing player. After consulting the referee, Vieira abandoned the match against HNK Ryeka.

In an official statement, Manchester City wrote:

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