Lewisham appoints first Black CEO


Lewisham has elected Ian Thomas as the new CEO of its council. The announcement comes following a rigorous selection process that included recommendations from multiple key actors in the borough.

Underground UK far right activism on the rise


Far right terrorism is on the rise in Britain, according to a report from HOPE not Hate. Instances of far-right motivated hate crimes have increased in the past year, and these groups now pose a dangerous, organized terrorist threat. This trend of ‘xenophobic populism,’ as defined in a recent discussion held by The Open Society Foundation, can be seen across Europe, and even globally. More details on that broader discussion have been written by my colleague Cameron, but there is a very real, very specific threat right here in Britain.

European Democracy Dawns as Far-Right Rises


The far-right populism spreading across Europe represents a disturbing trend plaguing international politics. Where these groups used to represent the marginalized extreme, they have now gained considerate power and traction on the global center stage.

Gucci turban controversy hits the runway


Once again the fashion industry has defended its position as one of the most predominant sources of cultural appropriation. This past week Gucci faced backlash for its Fall 2018 fashion show where white models walked down the runway wearing traditional turbans.

Following the controversial runway show, users took to social media to express their disapproval for the brand’s “cultural ignorance.” Many viewers accused the brand of acting irresponsibly and offensively towards Sikh culture and called for a protest against Gucci products.

Three Billboards Outside Grenfell


The government is still under fire for its slow-moving response to the 2017 fire at Grenfell Tower. At Monday’s BRIT Awards, rapper Stormzy closed his performance by calling out Theresa May, asking “Where’s the money for Grenfell? What you thought we just forgot about Grenfell?”

Survivors of Florida school shooting speak up, speak out


Yesterday, survivors of the recent shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were given the opportunity to speak to and hear from their elected officials and a spokeswoman from the NRA.

The town hall was hosted by CNN after survivors of the attack have gained media attention for their gun control advocacy following the loss of 17 people at the Parkland, FL high school. Students, parents, and community members spoke on Wednesday, pressuring officials to provide tougher restrictions on guns.

Black-led voluntary sector funding discussed at Downing Street


The independent review of the Mental Health Act is mandated to explore why people from black African and Caribbean communities are more highly represented among those subject to the Mental Health Act - and what might be done to address any discrepancies and reduce inequalities. Patrick Vernon reports from Downing Street for Mental Health Today.

Funding for the black-led voluntary sector has been discussed at Downing Street as part of the ongoing review of the Mental Health Act, the law governing mental health in England and Wales.

Black Panther: A hero of our own


Since the beginnings of film, African descended people have been caricaturised, impersonated, and rendered invisible. From early 20th century stereotypes of the large, docile Black Mammy to the hypersexualized drug dealing heroes of ‘70s Blaxpliotation, Black people have had social roles and categories prescribed onto them by (mostly white) Hollywood filmmakers for years.

Cyril Ramaphosa: A new dawn for South Africa?


South Africa’s parliament has elected Cyril Ramaphosa President of the Republic of South Africa following Wednesday’s resignation from former president Jacob Zuma. For many, this comes as a welcome change. Members of parliament even stood to cheer and sing upon the official announcement of their new leader.

Can Winnie Byanyima save Oxfam?


As Oxfam continues to deal with the backlash of its recent sexual abuse scandal, it has thrust Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, to the forefront of media coverage.

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