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. ...
The 36,000 people who signed the Mary Seacole petition were thanked today. They were instrumental in securing victory after education secretary Michael Gove unveiled the new schools curriculum. In addition, the number of MPs of all parties, who signed the Commons early day motion had climbed to 72 before yesterday's announcement. A full list of MPs is included below. (more…)
The campaign to keep Mary Seacole and Olaudah Equiano on the schools curriculum continued to gather steam with two articles in today's newspapers. The Independent reports that education secretary Michael Gove and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg could be on a collision course over the issue. The piece mentions me by name. Meanwhile Hugh Muir's Guardian diary carried the same story and quotes Simon Woolley of Operation Black Vote saying of Clegg: ...
I've just stumbled across a video of the Hackney Liberal Democrat debate on Black History Month recorded last month. You can watch it below. With fellow guests: Pauline Pearce (event organiser), Chris Richards, Anuja Prashar and chairman for the event Simon de Deney. (more…)
Troy Davis was murdered barbarously but joined his ancestors with the dignity and spirit that they couldn’t crush – and he told them so. Like many thousands of others, I feel a swirling set of emotions – from anger at the injustice of executing an innocent man to despondency that worldwide protests could not prevent it. (more…)
Well over an hour after he had finished his lecture / performance, Hip-Hop artist Akala - the younger brother of Ms Dynamite - was still surrounded by young people. But this time I felt it had nothing to do with his 'celebrity' or his looks - the people were hungry for his knowledge. (more…)
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…)