You, Me & R&B: Meesha Cru-Hall revisits the controversial BBC announcement


Back in September, headlines were made when it was announced that Cheryl Cole would front a new BBC series on R&B. Two months on, Meesha Cru-Hall revisits the online pushback and looks at why it drew such criticism

Campaign groups rally against Home Office stop and search data delay


It has been said frequently over recent years, but bears repeating once more: it has been a poor week for leadership in the Home Office. The Observer reported that annual Stop and search figures which were due to be released have not been made available. They are subject to a three-week delay while in the meantime, the policing bill, and the borders bill, make their way through parliament.

Under the microscope: John Archer and 1913 history


In a pub quiz on what year the first mixed-raced with black mayor was appointed, (although I’m unsure how many pubs will have this on their Christmas offerings) how likely do you think you are to guess correctly?

Okay, let’s say they decide to make it easier.

If the question was the name of the first mixed-raced with black mayor, how likely do you think you would be then?

Pathway to Success: Tarik Khan and Sharon Thompson win councillor of the year awards


Tarik Khan and Sharon Thompson were named councillors of the year at the Small and Medium Enterprises for Labour Excellence Awards, last night. The pair were honoured at the 4th annual gala event for their work in their respective councils of Tower Hamlets and Birmingham.

Diwali celebrations marked across the world


Diwali is being celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists in India but its significance stretches across the world. All in all, it is estimated that up to 1 billion people observe the customs of Diwali. 

Farewell to Nuno Espírito Santo, a good man who could never really make North London his home


In the search for touchline representation in the top-flight it is very much a case of when it rains it pours, but in truth you’d hardly know it. The sacking of Nuno halves the number of black or mixed-raced with black coaches in the league from a grand total of two to one and leaves Patrick Viera as the only non-white manager in the premier league 

Meesha Cru-Hall: What Black History Month means to me


I don’t have strong childhood memories of the celebration of Black History Month. It was probably entering my late teens that I became better aware of the annual proceedings, and not until this year that I had a real understanding and investment in it. In my life growing up, it was more of an extracurricular activity that was mentioned once or twice at school.

In truth, I’m conflicted.

Banseka Kayembe: What Black History Month means to me


Black history month has long been a minor event in the yearly calendar for most people outside of the Black diaspora. The violent death of George Floyd in 2020 ignited global protests and the biggest affront we’ve had in a long time to anti-blackness. Black history month in the UK as of last year, has become more widely recognised and no longer feels like a fringe-esque event worthy of just a stale corporate lunch-time talk or half-hearted attempt to share black-related content across a workplace intranet.

Tanya Kasinganeti: What Black History Month means to me


As a black person existing in Britain, Black History Month has at times proven to be a point of contention. Somehow, whenever the conversation comes up, it feels like I have to step into my God-given role as ‘defender of the race’ and fight for its existence. And I know I am not the only black person who feels this way.

Daniel Nwankwo: What Black History Month means to me


To me, Black History Month represents all the shared experiences we have as black people. In principle, it is a great opportunity for the younger generation to understand the importance of this history and develop a stronger connection to it, but in practice, I believe this is a hurdle that has yet to be fully overcome.

Many young people are put in a situation where, without taking a self-guided approach to studying black history, it is unlikely that they will be aware of countless events that have shaped the world they live in.

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