US anti-gay Bill vetoed



With the draconian anti-gay laws recently passed in Uganda and Nigeria many might believe that it is only on the African continent, and or in Russia where homophobia is on the rise. But a glance across the Atlantic to the ‘one of the freest, and indeed richest countries on the planet, we see politicians making legislation that is clearly anti-gay.

Sol Campbell: Racism at the heart football



Sol Campbell, one of the most capped Black England footballers of all time, has claimed in his biography that if he was white he may have captained his country for more than a decade.

In an extract from an authorised biography published in The Sunday Times, Campbell said he realised the extent of the FA's racism when Michael Owen was made captain ahead of him. 

"I believe if I was white, I would've been England captain for more than 10 years," he said. "It's as simple as that."

International Women’s Day 2014 - Women in Sports




This is the first article from OBV’s latest media/politics recruit from the USA. Belinda is studying politics here with work experience at OBV, and will be with us for a few months. As we expect from all our staff and volunteers, she’s hit the ground running with an excellent article which covers Black women in sport, politics, and broader gender issues.

Simon Woolley

The empowerment of European Roma



There are many individuals in Eastern European countries that have been campaigning for the Rights of the Roma people throughout their regions and beyond. And last week in Budapest witnessed another giant step forward in the political empowerment of Roma people.

Clive W Morrison: UKIP’s for Black people!




I’ve known Clive for a number of years. He’s a good man and a strong Black  activist. So when he came to our offices promoting Ukip, I asked him if he’d lost leave of his sense? 'No' he replied, 'there is racism in all the parties including Ukip, but I’m in there to change it’.

Lee Jasper's new media: Colourful Radio



OBV’s Mohamed Ali interviewed the former Chief Race Advisor to Ken Livingstone and current Co-Chair of BARAC,Lee Jasper.

Caribbean nations demand slave reparations



In an unprecedented move a coalition of 14 Caribbean states, including Jamaica is embarking on the first united campaign for reparations from Britain, France and Holland over its Atlantic slave trade.

The united campaign will argue that those European countries that became supremely enriched by a commercial endeavour which included murder, rape, forced removal and forced labour - which lasted for over two hundred years and involved up to 20 million people.

Sardar Vallabhai Patel: India’s 'Iron Man' commemorated



Recently OBV wrote about an extraordinary young African Caribbean woman, Gabrielle Turnquest, the youngest person in the world to pass the Bar. The legal achievements and contributions of another outstanding individual were marked which OBV was privileged to be invited to.

Jamelia: Institutional racism exists



British star Jamelia says that “institutionalised racism” exists in modern-day society.

The singer, who, last year joined the panel of ITV1 daytime show Loose Women, believes that racial prejudice remains prevalent in the world.

Recalling a recent incident, the Birmingham-born talent says she believes she had been a victim of racial profiling. Jamelia told The Voice,

Batook Pandya MBE RIP



The life of an activist can be difficult and challenging, but equally it can be exhilarating, dynamic and, best of all, bring about the possibility of making a difference.  This is what drove leading campaigner, Batook Pandya MBE, the Director of Stand Against Racism and Inequality (SARI), who sadly passed away on Sunday.

Since its inception over 25 years ago, Pandya worked with SARI, the dynamic Bristol based charity which is run by and for victims of racial harassment and attacks.

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