Colour me black

Posted on February 5, 2015

This article was first published on Voice4Change England (3rd February 2015) Coloured, half-caste, half-breed, mulatto and mongrel. These and many other insulting labels have been stapled to people like me, a black man of mixed African and English heritage. “Does it matter if [the actor Benedict] Cumberbatch used the wrong word?” asked Ben Andrew in an article on this site. Well, it does if you have been on the receiving end. ...

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Legalising weed makes perfect sensimilla

Posted on October 13, 2013

A Guardian report that three American states plan to legalise cannabis revives an old debate which has historically been polarised between Left and Right, the religious and the libertarian. What is clear is that prohibition clearly doesn't work. I believe the arguments for keeping marijuana illegal are much weaker than those in favour of decriminalising or legalising it. And what damage the herb does to the citizen is almost entirely the ...

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Naomi Campbell and the Chocolate Masticators

Posted on May 29, 2011

Is it just me, or do Cadbury's have an uncanny knack of generating national media coverage with a good old fashioned 'race row'... which has the happy side-effect of raising the profile and commercial success of their products? (more…)

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Light-headed magazine must be skinning up

Posted on April 18, 2011

Attempts to separate, categorise and divide black nation by skin tone has been in evidence for centuries. From enslavement to colonial and apartheid regimes, the collective black skin still bares the scars of shadeism today. (more…)

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Pick ‘n mix approach lacks culture

Posted on November 3, 2009

Having spent the past week trying to disprove the racial superiority myth, last night Channel 4 performed a volte-face with a programme that claimed mixed race people were healthier and more attractive. (more…)

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