Black Voices

Meet The 3 Teen Vogue Cover Stars Who Have Got Everyone Talking About Race

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Style

Teen Vogue has got everyone talking about race by featuring three non-white models on its cover, following criticism for their use of a light skinned ...

You're a N*gga, Can You Accept That?

Sabrina Lynch | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK
Sabrina Lynch

Recently, a video featuring actor Chad L Coleman from The Walking Dead and The Wire captured his angry response to two passengers on a NYC subway who,...

Natasha Hinde

Black Models Open Up On The Race Issues They Face In Fashion

HuffingtonPost.com | Natasha Hinde | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK Style

There's a May issue of ELLE magazine sitting on my desk. Flicking through, I find a grand total of two adverts (DKNY and Karen Millen) which featu...

Police Impunity Isn't Excusive to the United States

Kwame Ibegbuna | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK
Kwame Ibegbuna

There is no justice for those who have already lost their lives. But there is hope that the perpetrators of those crimes will not be perpetually exonerated. The greatest legacy can be our continued fight to achieve it.

Society's Turbulent Love Affair With the Afro

Sabrina Lynch | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Style
Sabrina Lynch

Afro hair has many guises - locks, puffs, dreads, braids, bantu knots - all of which are expressions of our multi-faceted culture. Despite these styles being historically documented, Afro hair is still waiting to be asked to sit at the proverbial 'head table' with the brunette, blonde and red-haired population.

Fellow White Gay Men: Let's Stop Misappropriating Black Female Culture

Stephen Donnan | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Stephen Donnan

Can you imagine, as a white gay man reading this, walking up to a woman of colour in a nightclub or even in the street and clicking our fingers and snapping 'Hey gurrl!' as if we are somehow part of the same post-colonial expression of feminist power?

Number Of Unemployed Black And Ethnic Minority Youths Increased By 50% During Coaltion

PA | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

The number of black and ethnic minority youngsters out of work for longer than a year has increased by almost 50% since the coalition came to power, a...

No, You Don't Get to Decide What Offends Who

Rabah Kherbane | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rabah Kherbane

It seems we live in a climate where those being oppressed cannot even decide what amounts to oppression against them. We must wait to be told by someone from the oppressing class. That is convenient for the oppressing class, but an odd concept otherwise.

Why Me Calling Myself Black-British Troubles My Mum So Much

Fisayo Fadahunsi | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK
Fisayo Fadahunsi

I agree with my mum that acknowledging my African heritage is important, both for the way I understand the world and the way that the world understands me. However, I would argue that how I identify is not entirely my choice.

Why Britain Needs A Black Wedding Magazine

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

The launch of the UK's first black wedding magazine Black Brides and Weddings prompts two questions. First, why aren't mainstream magazines cateri...

Black Barbie Doll Is Twice The Price of Its White Counterpart In the US

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Preskey | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A man looking for a Christmas present for his daughter was outraged at a US retailer selling a black Barbie doll for more than twice the price of its ...

Red Ginger Hair: Rare and Beautiful or Ugly and Devilish Mutation

Ama Yawson | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ama Yawson

Again, please excuse the title which references the outrageous myth that red hair is a sign of witchcraft. Of course red hair a beautiful gift from God. But as I have said in prior articles, no one ever healed a wound that is consistently being stabbed by ignoring it.

Caroline Frost

'Our Treatment Of Black Culture Is Worse Than In South Africa'

HuffingtonPost.com | Caroline Frost | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Entertainment

The UK is in a worse place than South Africa post-apartheid when it comes to the representation of black faces on screen, according to British actor t...

When Systems Kill our Youth

Daniel Weeks | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK
Daniel Weeks

When one black boy like Michael Brown is shot and killed by the police, it is a tragedy. When hundreds of black youths in their teens and twenties are shot by the police each year, it is an outrage.

Students Must Stand Up to Racism and Ukip's Scapegoating

Aaron Kiely | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Aaron Kiely

If we are to successfully push back the current wave of racism, we will need an unrelenting campaign in the student movement in defence of our multicultural society against those who wish to divide us.

Why '12 Years a Slave' and 'Roots' are Inadequate Representations of Slavery

Ewa Zubek | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ewa Zubek

To those who have not seen Roots, the plot may still read like a familiar story. The recent release by black British director Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave, may start differently, but it follows a very similar trajectory of blood, whips and brutality.

Cancer 'Drove Black Skin Evolution' Say Scientists

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Cancer may have been instrumental in driving the evolution of black skin in early human history, say experts. New evidence has led scientists to be...

Celebrating UK's Entertainment Flavour

Amal Fashanu | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Amal Fashanu

At a Q and A for 12 Years A Slave in London this week, Director Steve McQueen told the story of one of his first meetings in Hollywood, how an Irish person had been expected... and about the shock when he showed up. I would like to take this small opportunity to celebrate some people who have brought some exquisite flavour to the UK, Vanity Fair Style.

Mandela Will Never, Ever Be Your Minstrel

Musa Okwonga | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK
Musa Okwonga

Dear revisionists, Mandela will never, ever be your minstrel. Over the next few days you will try so, so hard to make him something he was not, and you will fail... Well, try hard as you like, and you'll fail. Because Mandela was about politics and he was about race and he was about freedom and he was even about force, and he did what he felt he had to do and given the current economic inequality in South Africa he might even have died thinking he didn't do nearly enough of it.

What Has Happened to Black History Month in Britain?

Eva Simpson | Posted 16.12.2013 | UK
Eva Simpson

Black History Month, an event that was established 26 years ago to educate young people on black heritage and celebrate the best of African and Caribbean culture has become an embarrassing, tokenistic and insulting mess.

Bellenden Road Man

Ezra Tafari Rose | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ezra Tafari Rose

The weight of my thoughts has cracked these pavements like Bellenden Road men's falling wallets or the weight of young men felled by stray bullets. My thoughts need a staycation but now there's this big gentrification and I just want out.

Top Boy and Black Stories

Damilola Odelola | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Damilola Odelola

In a sense, Top Boy does contribute and feed into negative racial stereotypes. However, as I said before, these are real stories and do depict real life situations. The majority of inhabitants on many a London estate are black or ethnic minority, but these are not the only stories.

LONDON: Protest For Trayvon Martin

Sofiya Ballin | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK
Sofiya Ballin

"There's no justice! There's JUST US!" "In order to not charge George Zimmerman they had to criminalize Trayvon Martin!" "They must deal with us as hu...

Well Hung: A Contemporary Black Male Conundrum.

Ezra Tafari Rose | Posted 01.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ezra Tafari Rose

Today, in mainstream media, little is written about black male sexuality that does not allude to oppression, disease, rape and ridicule in what often appears to be a concerted effort to well and truly hang the black male by the foreskin.

48th Anniversary Of The Assassination Of Malcolm X

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 21.02.2013 | UK

African American Muslim minister and civil rights activist Malcolm X was shot dead 48 years ago today. The 39-year-old was gunned down in front of...