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Barbados Names New President And Will be Free Of British Colonial Rule Next Month
Barbados will soon be free of British colonial rule — and will soon have a Black woman as its first president.
Black Lives Matter, She Wrote. Then ‘Everything Just Imploded.’
A Black superintendent’s email to parents after the killing of George Floyd engulfed a small, predominantly white Maryland community in a yearlong firestorm.
The officer who refused to lie about being black
Today it’s taken for granted that people of all ethnic groups should be treated equally in the armed forces and elsewhere. But as Leslie Gordon Goffe writes, during World War One black officers in the British armed forces faced a system with prejudice at its core.
Female Afghan judges hunted by the murderers they convicted
They were the trailblazers of women’s rights in Afghanistan. They were the staunch defenders of the law, seeking justice for their country’s most marginalised.
Radio pioneer behind first black magazine show calls BBC out on racism ‘I was exploited and bullied’
A pioneering BBC broadcaster who helped to create the groundbreaking radio programme Black Londoners in the Seventies has claimed he was “exploited and bullied” at the corporation for years due to racism.
Iñaki Williams: ‘My parents crossed the desert barefoot to get to Spain’
The striker tells of his parents’ remarkable journey, rejecting Ghana and playing a record 203 league games in a row
Abdulrazak Gurnah wins the 2021 Nobel prize in literature
Zanzibari novelist becomes first black African writer in 35 years to win prestigious award
Windrush activists ‘disgusted’ after being turned away at Tory conference
Anthony Brown and Julia Davidson ‘humiliated’ after being shut out despite paying £225 for full access
Dr Nicola Rollock appointed as Professor at King’s College London
Dr Nicola Rollock will play a critical role supporting PhD students and continuing to inform and contribute to debates on racial justice.
Michael K Williams: The Wire and Boardwalk Empire actor found dead aged 54 at his New York home
The Emmy-nominated actor was known for his roles as Omar Little in the hit crime drama and Chalky White in the period gangster series.
Students will examine how the player uses social medial to make an impact GCSE media studies to cover Rashford’s food campaign
David Olusoga: ‘Black people were told that they had no history’
The historian and TV presenter on the story of former slave Olaudah Equiano and the significance of Black History Month
As More Oppressive Voting Rules Emerge, Black Women Journalists Lead The Headlines
Journalists like April Ryan and Errin Haines are using their bylines to uplift faces and voices of voter suppression in the void of congressional action on the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
SpaceX Makes History With Sian Proctor, First Black Woman, Geoscientist to Pilot a Spacecraft
The billionaire space race took new heights on Wednesday when Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched an all-civilian flight into orbit.
Three non-wealthy thrill-seekers joined with the billionaire founder and amateur astronaut Jared Isaacman to ride aboard a reusable Falcon 9 rocket ship that launched into Earth’s orbit, NBC News reports
Richard Okorogheye death
Met Police officers investigated for misconduct
The police watchdog is investigating two Met Police officers over their conduct during the hunt for missing teenager Richard Okorogheye.
The 19-year-old went missing from his home in Ladbroke Grove, west London, on 22 March.
His body was found 20 miles away in Epping Forest, Essex, two weeks later.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is investigating complaints about how officers handled reports Mr Okorogheye was missing.
Mr Okorogheye’s mother, Evidence Joel, previously alleged police “did nothing” when her son’s disappearance was first reported.
After a career of breaking barriers in the Army, this retired General is now fighting for military families of color
CNN’s Brianna Keilar, whose husband is an Army Special Forces Officer, introduces us to Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Gwen Bingham, co-chair of Blue Star Families’ Racial Equity and Inclusion Initiative that strives to support military families of color.
White Women Lied and Black People Died
Why Stopping “Karens” Makes a Difference
“Unsubstantiated rumors of black men attacking innocent white women sparked almost 50 percent of all race riots in the United States between Reconstruction and World War II.” Danielle McGuire — Historian
Karens have become a meme, metaphors for white privilege and entitlement. We joke about them, demanding rights they don’t extend to others, calling the police for alleged slights. We forget that “Karens” have caused the deaths of thousands of Black people. I’ve yet to hear one apologize.
UK drug laws used as tool of systemic racism, says ex-No 10 adviser
Simon Woolley says failure of drugs legislation is having a devastating impact on public health
Britain’s drug laws are racist and cause “high levels of mental health harm” among black people, a former No 10 race adviser has said.
Simon Woolley said drugs legislation introduced 50 years ago had failed to cut the use, supply and harms associated with illegal drugs, and instead was used “as a tool of systemic racism”.
Council house boy Lord Woolley running a Cambridge college
(and giving up 10% of his salary)
Lord Woolley has pledged to pay for bursaries
The first black man to head an Oxbridge college has revealed that he once “feared” the culture at Britain’s top two universities, both for himself and his teenage son.
Lord Woolley, 59, who will become head of Homerton, Cambridge’s largest and newest college this week, said: “It was a culture that I feared as a youngster and for my son too, who is 16. Would I want to go to Oxbridge and feel unwelcome, feel looked down upon?
Man subjected to exorcisms over ‘witchcraft’ claims fears UK victims being missed during pandemic
Mardoche Yembi tells Sky News his relatives believed he was possessed by an “evil spirit” as a child and blamed him for his mother’s death after moving to London from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
A man who was subjected to two years of exorcisms after being accused of witchcraft believes victims are going undetected in the UK during the coronavirus pandemic.
Police urged to better protect black women who face domestic abuse
The actor and writer Michaela Coel, the singer FKA twigs and the Women’s Equality party are among those backing calls to introduce mandatory training for police and agencies supporting black women who are victims of domestic abuse.
A video campaign that launched on Wednesday 15th September highlights how black women are at increased risk of being left with their abusers after police are called due to an incident of violence.
The campaign is being led by Sistah Space, a domestic abuse charity supporting women of African and Caribbean heritage.
Wole Soyinka: ‘This book is my gift to Nigeria’
The Nobel laureate has produced plays, poems, essays and even inspired a pop duo but he hasn’t written a novel for nearly half a century – until now
At 87, Wole Soyinka is a Nigerian icon. His plays have been performed around the world, his poems anthologised, his novels studied in schools and universities, while his nonfiction writing has been the scourge of many a Nigerian dictator.
‘Bonded By Blood: A Mothers Story’ – launched in memory of Richard Okorogheye aims to encourage more people from Black communities to give blood to help save lives. Book your appointment for the session at the Town Hall on Sunday 10 October. Find out more blood.co.uk/news-and-campa…
Sickle cell: ‘Did our son have to die to change things?
Sickle cell disease is the fastest-growing genetic condition in the UK but some feel the illness, which mostly affects black people, isn’t taken seriously.
Nurse Gildé Nsianguana has the condition and has interviewed the parents of Evan Nathan Smith for Radio 1 Newsbeat.
After being denied oxygen, Evan called 999 from his hospital bed but died shortly after. An inquest found that if hospital workers had a better understanding of the condition his life might have been saved.
Evan’s mum, Betty, tells Newsbeat that Evan “led a very normal life”, and he enjoyed reading and watching football.
You can watch the full documentary Sickle Cell: Fighting for Care here.
Produced by Kesewaa Browne and Woody Morris
‘How I escaped a hidden world of gangs and exploitation’
At first glance, Aliyah looks like any other 24-year-old – she loves fashion, posts selfies on Instagram and appears happy. But her smile conceals a background of abuse and exploitation – a pattern that experts warn is all too common among forgotten teenage girls.
White supremacy, with a tan
Cutting taxes for the rich helps the poor.
There is no such thing as a Republican or a Democratic judge. Climate change is a hoax.
UK urged to return sacred treasures hidden away for 150 years to Ethiopia
High-profile Britons urge return of plundered altar tablets that British Museum has never put on display
Ethiopian priests carry tabots during the Timket festival of Epiphany, celebrating the baptism of Christ.Photograph: Age Fotostock/Alamy
They are hidden religious treasures that have been in the British Museum’s stores for more than 150 years, never on public display – with members of the public strictly forbidden from seeing them.
Now hopes have been raised that Ethiopian tabots, looted by the British after the battle of Maqdala in 1868, could finally be returned home following a new legal opinion and an appeal backed by Stephen Fry, the author Lemn Sissay and the former archbishop of Canterbury George Carey.