Well oil be damned

No sooner has the bunting been cleared away following Barack Obama's re-election then news emerges of efforts by his administration to help Shell oil company avoid being sued in connection with human rights abuses against the Ogoni people of the Niger Delta in Nigeria. (more…)

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Black History Month: Far from token

Yesterday evening I had the pleasure of speaking at a Hackney Liberal Democrat debate entitled 'Black History Month: Is It Just a Token Gesture?'  It was a lively, positive and heartfelt discussion. Please find below a video of my opening statement before the Q&A (apologies for the sound quality!) (more…)

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Black History Month debate on Vox Africa TV

I was delighted to take part in a studio debate about Black History Month on the Pan-African TV network Vox Africa. Please find the links below to watch the Hotseat show with presenter Akintayo. My fellow guests were businessman Romeo Effs, solicitor Bridgette York and Simon Woolley from Operation Black Vote. The show is divided into three videos, part one, part two and part three. My thanks to Vox Africa for staging this debate, ...

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Lord David Pitt the pioneer

This year we celebrated 25 years since the first Black (African and Caribbean) MPs were elected, but 25 years before this one man to paved the way. Grenada-born David Pitt first stood for election in 1959 and eventually became Lord Pitt of Hampstead. He achieved many 'firsts' and left a real legacy. If today's politicians stand on the shoulders of the likes of Bernie Grant, Diane Abbott and Paul Boateng, they stood on the shoulders of Pitt. ...

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The essence of Black History Month

Three little words can mean so much... and so little. Black History Month, like that other famous three worded phrase, can be said with genuine love and passion. It can also be insincere. Some people even have trouble saying it due to internalised issues they can barely grasp. (more…)

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Rediscovering the mountain top, reimagining the promised land

Posted on August 20, 2012

Next week Tuesday marks the 49th anniversary of the Jobs and Freedom march on Washington DC when the Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jnr made his famous I Have A Dream speech in front of 200,000 followers. In 2013, activists plan to mark the 50th anniversary with their own march right here in London. (more…)

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Trayvon Martin killing: Don’t let Republicans play Obama against black America

The death of a young African-American woman shot in the head by an off-duty police officers in Obama's home town of Chicago, coming hot on the heels of the controversial shooting of schoolboy Trayvon Martin, threatens to crack open 'race' divisions in the United States and present the biggest threat to the first black president. (more…)

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Africa can say “no” to drone attacks

As David Cameron arrives in Washington, Barack Obama's drones continue to attack Somalia. Is it any wonder African nations are so keen to clasp the hand of China, when Europe and America seem more interested in bombing them than providing genuine aid and investment? (more…)

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Hitler’s forgotten victims

Black survivors of the Nazi Holocaust are demanding the real story of Hitler’s Germany is told. Their story is largely untold, their battle for compensation mostly fruitless. Thousands of African descent perished in Nazis concentration camps. (more…)

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