Frank Wang Reaches Crowd-funding Target #peoplepower


People like Frank Wang, dubbed ‘Bethnal Green’s most popular coffee vendor’, aren’t supposed to win. He has no political power, no financial clout, and he didn’t even have co-workers to call upon to help when he was being pushed out of his business.

So, how did this one individual take on two big institutions: Transport for London, Tower Hamlets Council, and a much bigger business than his own, and win? The answer ... People power!

The Changing Face of US Politics


With Trump dominating recent US national politics and political discourse, racial diversity has certainly not been celebrated. However, the election of the 116th United States Congress raises questions about the direction in which the country is heading.

Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro is a threat to us all


Years of diplomacy and campaigning including putting together international agreements, ensuring human rights for the most vulnerable, and forging the ground rules to literally save our planet can all be in done with almost a blink of the eye, from a ‘Populist’ demagogue leader such Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro .

BBC 2018 sports personality of the year: How did Hamilton not win?


When Lewis Hamilton won the Formula One  world championship for the 5th time this year, he not only became the greatest British F1 driver ever, he also became the best driver of his generation, and undoubtedly one of the very best the sport of as ever seen.

When Naomi met Dotun


When I met her at the Dorchester Hotel in central London last week, Naomi Campbell was in a strident mood. She means business.

“Some sections of the media seem to be determined to portray me as an angry black woman, and it’s got to stop.”

She means it. She’s not playing. Not this time. She’s sending out a warning and, no doubt, she has a plan as to how to make the media tell the truth about how she behaves and what her intentions are.

Solidarity with Black Women targeted by the far right


I was honoured to speak at the recent Operation Black Vote meeting featuring Cecile Kyenge MEP who is being targeted by the Italian League party who are suing her for calling out racism. It is an alarming measure of the rise of the far right who feel emboldened to target Cecile, the only African descent member of European Parliament.

Raheem Sterling calls out racism in English football


Raheem Sterling is right to call out the extreme racism that has once again infected parts of English football.

Sterling not only calls the abuse out but also points the finger at the British media for the constant negative stereotyping Black footballers are subjected to by certain sections of the press.

Michael Caines: Black Michelin-Starred Chef


Michael Caines, one of the most famous Black British Chef, was born into a family of a white English mother and a Black Dominican father. Weeks after Caines was born, he was adopted by a white couple because his biological mother’s parents were very against mixed-race marriage.

Saving Frank Wang: customers rally around popular coffee seller forced to sell equipment


After 15 years serving coffee to a loyal band of customers outside Bethnal Green Underground station, Frank Wang arrived at his roadside stall one morning to discover he had been closed down without warning.

The opening of a new restaurant in previously derelict public toilets adjacent to Wang’s pitch sparked a safety review by Transport for London, which deemed it unsafe for him to continue to serve coffee so close to the stairs into the station. More information on Tfl can be found here:

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