IOC reverse athlete activism blackout - but debate rumbles on


By Mayowa Ayodele

Athletes taking the knee has been a topic covered here and just about everywhere else for the best part of a year nowFollowing the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) decision to allow social media teams to publish footage of the act online it will remain a fixture of online visibility.

PMQs: Boris Johnson's easing plans scrutinised amid "Summer of Chaos" accusations


By Jordan Maharjan, Mayowa Ayodele


The final PMQs before the summer recess saw the Prime Minister sidestep opposition demands for an apology, following leaked messages in which he suggested covid was ‘only killing over 80s’.  

25th anniversary special | Happy Birthday OBV, by Simon Woolley


It is July 16th, and it feels like mission impossible to articulate the 25 years of Operation Black Vote in a page or two. It’s also as difficult to articulate my thoughts about this incredible journey of being the CEO and main spokesperson during this period. I mean, who in this day and age stays in the same job for 25 years? And in many ways, that’s the point. Indeed, the last 25 years have not felt like a ‘job’. It has been a passion - and not only a passion for me, but also one for the entire OBV family.

OBV celebrates 25 years!



Operation Black Vote (OBV) launched twenty years ago today. In that period there has been a quantum leap in progress, which has been fueled in part by OBV's ardent commitment and work:

Black faces in high places: how Simon Woolley revolutionised British politics | Guardian feature


First appeared on the Guardian website 15.07.21: On the eve of OBVs 25th year anniversary, Alex Mistlin of the Guardian profiles OBV Director Simon Woolley and the journey of OBV founded by the himself, Rita Patel and Lee Jasper


He set up Operation Black Vote in 1996, vastly increasing the number of Black MPs - and later this year becomes the first Black man to head an Oxbridge college

PMQs: Online racists to be banned from matches, but the government faces criticism for its stance on taking the knee


Photo credit: Photograph taken by the official House of Commons photographer, Jessica Taylor.

Boris Johnson has promised that people who are found guilty of racially abusing players online will be banned from football matches.

EVENSurvey extended to 28 July


Deadline Extended

Due to demand, and direct requests for more time, the Evidence for Equality National Survey (EVENS) deadline has been extended to Wednesday 28th July 2021. That is the final date for submission and offers individuals the chance to explain how covid-19 and the lockdowns have affected them.

Sislin Fay Allen, Britain's first black policewoman dies in Jamaica


News of the passing of Sislin Fay Allen, 83, marks the departure of a woman who has frequently been described as a heroine, a pioneer and a reference point for black women within law enforcement. 

She became Britain's first black policewoman when she joined the Met police in 1968. A statement from Allen's family read: 

Sewell report dealt further blow as BMA describe review as "missed opportunity"


Article first appeared on BMA website

The BMA has strongly criticised a Government commission’s report into racism, warning that it underplays the existence and effect of institutional racism in the NHS.

Tributes pour in for "giant of the faith" Joel Edwards - Rest in eternal peace


“A giant of the faith,” is how one person has described Joel Edwards following his passing on Wednesday morning. It is one of the many tributes that have been dedicated to the much-loved man of faith.

Deeply respected by his community, Joel Edwards migrated from Jamaica at the age of eight. He worked as a probation officer for ten years, and Doreen Morrisson, who worked with him during this period, remembers Edwards fondly.

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