Humanity has failed over Boko Haram’s slaughter of 2,000 civilians #blacklivesmatter

Posted on January 12, 2015

Almost a week on and *still* hardly any UK, or indeed Western, media are seriously covering the unbelievable massacre in Baga, northern Nigeria, where Boko Haram are said to have slaughtered up to 2,000 innocent civilians.  Despite the absence of journalists, photos far more graphic than the one republished here, are slowly making their way out. They are truly horrific and stomach-turning. No one with an ounce of humanity can fail to be moved, ...

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Guardian: Minority election – could black voters swing it in UK in 2015?

Posted on September 7, 2013

The Guardian this week published a feature on how black voters can swing the 2015 general election. The piece, written by Hugh Muir, is sparked by research by Operation Black Vote which I authored. I am also quoted in the article talking about the Lib Dem perspective. (more…)

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Why is the UK media so undiverse?

Posted on February 28, 2013

Back in 2009 I wrote an article in The Guardian on the ‘Media’s all-white club’. This was prompted by my research into the racial diversity of BBC Radio 4 presenters. Out of 100-plus regular presenters just two were Asian and none from an African or Caribbean background. This, despite the fact that Rajar figures showed a greater proportion of BAME communities listened to Radio 4 compared to the national population.  So this notion of a ...

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We must legislate against press racism

As debate rages over press regulation following the Lord Leveson report one issue that should be on the agenda is protection against racism and prejudice. (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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Can we ever have a sensible debate on race?

A couple of months ago Gary Younge wrote in The Guardian highlighting the consequences of online racism. He argued that for some the right to offend has trampled on the basic sense of recognising how it feels to be offended.  (more…)

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Reflecting on BBC London appearance

I enjoyed my appearance on BBC London radio's Dotun Adebayo show last Sunday, talking about the outcome of the London and local elections with fellow guests Richard Serunjogi (left), who supported Ken Livingstone, and Sylbourne Sydial (second left), a Conservative activist. (more…)

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Black history and emancipation

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…)

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No time to wallow in the mire

Posted on August 23, 2011

The Hope and Recovery rally - a move to crystallise the black community's response to the disturbances - wasn't the only such event to be cold-shouldered by Britain's media. So too was Narrative of Unrest, a night of political poetry and radical rhymes aimed at making sense of the "riots" and riot of outrage that still burns fiercely in the daily papers. (more…)

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The audacity of hope and recovery

The burning carpet stores, the looting, the photo-oped clean-ups, the CCTV mugshots, the inflated jail terms and David Starkey. Finally, the black community had a chance to gather and debate strategies for “hope and recovery”, the title of a rally in central London last Friday. (more…)

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