Sharon White breaks treasury’s glass ceiling


Sharon White, current Director General of Public Spending, has been appointed Permanent Secretary at the Treasury, the first woman and Black person to occupy the post.

Named by the Treasury as the “overwhelmingly best candidate for the job”, White is a seasoned and versatile civil servant with over 20 years experience in government public spending, welfare reform, and international development.

Migrants contribute £25 billion to UK public funds


In a speech to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JF Kennedy, David Miliband gave an impassioned lecture at the British Museum last night entitled, “America, Britain & Europe: Lessons from JFK”.

The Scottsboro Boys



The depiction of a racially charged trial that gripped the American public eighty years ago arrived in London last month.

“The rape of Africa” - The 1884 Berlin Conference


In her first major article,  OBV’s Nilay Tuncok investigates European control of Africa of the past and present. First the shocking 1884 Berlin Conference in which a small number of European countries ‘scrambled’  to claim ownership of 90% of the continent. Tuncok  also comments on today’s discussion of that event, some 130 years later, which still focuses not on Africa or its people but Europe's winners and losers.

Lewisham Black History Month


The Lewisham Emergency BME Forum and the Light of the World FC (for Communities) are hosting their annual Lewisham Black African-Caribbean History and Future Month Celebration on Tuesday, November 5th from 4 to 9pm. It will be a night of motivational speakers, community activists and performers supporting the expansion of opportunities for the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities.

The co-pioneer of the forum, Disciple Samuel Georgewill, is a former shadow volunteer for Councillor Crada Onuegbu and a former councillor for Lewisham Community Safety.

The Sahara desert: Another graveyard of migration


The irony is cruel. While nearly 400 North African migrants on their way to Europe drowned off the coast of Lampedusa earlier this month, 87 West African migrants died of thirst in the Sahara at the same time.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that over 1,000 West Africans die per year trying to cross the Sahara or reaching Europe by boat – or about 3 people per day.

The bodies of the most recently discovered victims of irregular migration were discovered in the northern Sahara desert on October 31.

Rami Ranger makes British business history


Dr. Rami Ranger, managing director of Sun Mark Limited, made British business history last week by being honoured by the Queen – not once, but six times.

For the fifth consecutive year, Ranger’s international exporting company received the coveted Queen’s Award for Enterprise, and in 2005 he was personally honoured for services to British business and the British Asian community.

On October 23, Ranger added another accolade to his long list: Export Champion of Britain Award for 2013 by the Growing Business Awards.

Naomi Campbell challenges Racist ‘White Beauty’


In her first major opinion piece OBV's Mallory Moench takes a look at recent developments in the fashion industry in which supermodel Naomi Campbell challenges the racism and stereotyping of ‘beauty’. She also explores of how the racism of ‘white beauty’, has become a global phenomenon, but one against some black women are at last fighting back.

‘Powerlist 2014: Black Britain’s most influential’


Britain’s showcase of some of the most influential Black people in the UK was held at the Tate Modern on London’s Southbank last week.

Full credit must go to Michael Eboda’s Black Powerlist now in its sixth year, which seems to get bigger and better every year.

Once a year Eboda brings together an eclectic group of influential individuals to celebrate their achievements and show the world that here in the UK there is a deluge of talent. A pool of talent that ensures the UK remains a multicultural powerhouse.

Why Voting Matters


With the General Elections of 2015 quickly approaching, the Black and Ethnic Minority Arts Network (BEMA) hosted an event this Wednesday to discuss the critical role minorities in the UK can play during an election. Around 50 people came to the Houses of Parliament to hear representatives from political parties and non-profit organizations speak on how important it is for the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities to cast their votes.

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