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. ...
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…)
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, ...
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…)
Around 300 people who gathered for the Sean Rigg memorial last night watched in shock and disgust as they were shown CCTV footage of his death at Brixton police station as police officers stood around him. Yesterday was also notable for the release of two YouTube videos which - in different ways - shows how far society has to go to combat racism. (more…)
Black History Month has always had its' haters, mostly those with a colour blindspot for the absence of the true African story in 'mainstream' history books. For me, the plethora of BHM events has always proven an annual motivator to deepen my knowledge of the events and personalities that have helped shape this world for the better. (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…)