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‘Identity politics’ always used to beat up Black activists

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The Guardian has stopped putting up options to comment on any of my articles these days. Actually, that goes for many Black writers particularly those we are writing about tackling race inequality. The reason for this is because they already know that the majority of responses will not engage with the debate but rather hurl abuse instead. One senior Guardian person told me: "Online response is very different to those who buy Guardian. Online is frankly the Wild West".

Reimagining Cole: Christian Frederick Cole, Oxford University’s first Black African scholar

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Last year OBV alumni Pamela Roberts and Sir Ivor Crewe, Master of University College, the University of Oxford, unveiled the first Black Oxford Untold Stories plaque at the college to commemorate the significant historical achievements of Christian Frederick Cole, the University of Oxford’s first Black African student 1873, and the first Black African to practise Law in the English High Court, 1884.

Momentum hounding out only Liverpool Muslim Cllr

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A hard working city councillor in Liverpool, Abdul Qadir, who is also the city's only Muslim representative is being systematically hounded out by Liverpool's Labour Momentum. The move is broadly seen as a naked power grab that tramples over the Labour party's policy to increase BME representation.

We stand with Cécile Kashetu Kyenge

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Black elected representatives and community leaders from across Europe voice their support for the Italian MEP, who is sued for defamation for calling the Italian League party racist

Guardian Letters

Fri 12 Oct 2018 07.00 BST

Government’s radical race equality employment plan

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Press release - Immediate Thursday 11th October 2018

Contact OBV press office: 0208 983 5430 / 07920 057 237 / 07584 177 529

Government’s radical race equality employment plan

Cllr Hina Bokhari: Let’s help her make history

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It’s only 6 months since Ms Hina Bokhari was first elected a councillor in Merton, but for anyone that knows her the back story has been many years in the making. As a prominent figure once told me, ‘civic duty and confronting inequality is firmly in the Bokhari family DNA.

Naomi Campbell: 'The haters can no longer hurt me'

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OBV exclusive !

As we enter Black history month supermodel, actress, activist and cultural icon Naomi Campbell speaks exclusively to OBV about her future and how she hopes she can inspire a generation of young women to fully realise their potential in the world.

OBV alumnus Sunny Dhadley nominated for Guardian Award

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Sunny Dhadley, one of OBV's 2017 MP Shadowing scheme intake has been nominated for the Guardian's Public Servant of the year award.

He is one of five shortlisted from hundreds of applications. Sunny is shadowing Rachael Maskell MP in Westminster and Emma Reynolds MP in their constituency on OBV's Parliamentary scheme that comes to graduation at the end of this year.

Why we must support Cecile Kyenge, now

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Black and brown women, all over Europe are being publically and routinely dragged, denigrated, demonised and attacked. From Brixton to Barcelona those in public life, have had to endure the poisonous and wretched rhetoric of everyday racism to outright fascism. Racist propaganda from irresponsible politicians and a very right-wing media, literally results in lethal violence on our streets.

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