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Downing St Race Advisory group: The drive to beat racism

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As an activist with 25 years’ experience of campaigning for social and racial justice, I have learned that you have to seize the big opportunities that can offer dramatic change.

Anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela dies at 81

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South African activist and leader Winnie Madikizela-Mandela dies at 81.

The former first lady and anti-apartheid activist remains a strong symbol of the country’s three-decade struggle for equality.

Mrs Madikizela-Mandela was born in the Eastern Cape in 1936. She began her early career as a social worker before marrying her husband Nelson Mandela. When she took the position at Baragwanath Hospital she broke through her first barrier, becoming the first black social worker in South Africa.

British citizens’ face harassment, deportation, and worse

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There are many Commonwealth Immigrants who thought they were British citizens who are now facing ever-increasing amounts of discrimination, exclusion, and harassment from Immigration officers . Especially in recent years, though, as anti-immigrant sentiment and stricter immigration rules have become more prominent, immigrants from commonwealth countries are now being labelled illegal and denied access to housing, health care, and more.

Register to vote now: Last day 17th April

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The deadline to register to vote in the 2018 local elections is fast approaching on 17 April. Those who have not registered have approximately two weeks to do so before the elections in early May.

The registration process takes no more than ten minutes and can easily be done online at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. Those wishing to register will need their National Insurance number and passport on hand to complete the application.

Karen Blackett Inspires BT Audience

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Women of power, women of agency deserve to be championed for their hard-work and accomplishments. Karen Blackett is one of these women, her life time achievements inviting praise and celebration as her story serves as a shining example of what is possible when raw talent meets passion and hard-work. Even more so, because her success as a black woman means she has had to break through countless glass ceilings and barriers to get to where she is today.

Virgil Abloh new head of Louis V Menswear

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Virgil Abloh, creator of luxury streetwear brand Off/White and former fashion consultant for Kanye West, has been appointed as artistic director for Louis Vuitton menswear. Abloh, a Ghanaian-American, is one of the first designers of color to be appointed to such a prominent position in a French luxury fashion house. Balmain’s creative director Olivier Rousteing is one of the only other minorities to hold such a post.

Boaz Adelekan: A star is born

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The world of spoken word offers listeners an alternative to overproduced and often disingenuous art. Its rising popularity has taken the internet by storm, making room for an inspiringly emotive art form to take its rightful place in popular culture. Raw, authentic, and uncensored, Boaz Adelekan speaks a truth in his own work that inspires thought.

Adelekan, a budding spoken word poet, has already caught the attention of thousands of viewers online. Young and extremely talented, the poet hopes to bring about change using his words as his weapon.

Let’s help send Lohan Morrison to New York

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I’m always heartened when you come across a young man or woman with great ambition and sense of purpose. Moreover, I think it’s our duty to help, where we can to ensure these young men and women have every opportunity to reach their potential.

Lohan Morrison, a talented young student from the University of Warwick, has been selected to participate in a competitive summer internship program in New York with the consultancy giant KPMG .

Saatchi Gallery Bigotry Disgrace

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Renowned Saatchi Gallery disgracefully hosts and promotes artwork from established UK white supremacist Margaret Pepper.

The gallery’s website currently hosts Pepper’s artwork and invites viewers to purchase her pieces despite Pepper’s publicly offensive views. The controversial artist is known to double as a prominent extremist on social media, openly anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, anti-Black, and anti-migrant.

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