Black Voices

Incensed Londoners Stage Massive 'Black Lives Matter' March After US Police Murders

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK

Hundreds of Londoners have staged a massive ‘Black Lives Matter’ march through the city to protest against the shooting of black citizens by polic...

The Wall Behind Cultural Appropriation

Wemmy Ogunyankin | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Wemmy Ogunyankin

Freedom is important and freedom is a world I'm working towards, I hope everyone else is too. Freedom is likely what the girl in the video wants too. We all need understanding to combat the circumstances that make her and many others so frustrated, so things like dreads won't matter anymore.

Want Gender Equality? Have it, Just Don't get Pregnant

Brenda Gabriel | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Brenda Gabriel

After working so hard to climb the social ladder, here I was sat in a 'dole' office asking for handouts because I had had the 'misfortune' of getting pregnant. With mounting debt and constant guilt about financial pressure on my partner, I lost all sense of self.

Is It Worth it?: Black Women's Voices and the Permission to Speak

Jendella Benson | Posted 24.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jendella Benson

Black women are more vocal than ever. We no longer bat an eyelid at the "angry black woman" cliché that haunted our mothers, or the "aggressive" label that was tacked onto any black schoolgirl who was insolent enough to do anything but sit silently. We say what we want, and we won't suffer fools gladly, and at some point the rest of the world will learn to deal with that.

Why There Is a Long Way to Go for Black Women

Charlene Flash | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Charlene Flash

If you visit your local newsagents, all those beautiful glossy magazines with stunning women on the front cover, how many black faces do you see gracing the covers? Being specific, how many Black British female cover models do you see?

Is My Black Not Beautiful?

Philomena Kwao | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Style
Philomena Kwao

We want options. My younger sisters want options. And it just doesn't seem fair. It's hard to pin point who exactly is to blame. If you take a look around the problem isn't only is fashion; it's in music, it's in film and it's on TV. Darker skinned women just aren't represented anywhere, especially not in the UK.

Trans People of Colour Are Still Fighting for Representation and Survival

Sabah Choudrey | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK
Sabah Choudrey

I am sure you already know the names of the celebrities who have come out as trans this year, the trans actors playing trans characters on television, the trans stars who have paved the way in 2015. But these trans people do not represent me. I don't write their names because they don't represent us. The colour of their skin is a reminder that trans people of colour are still fighting for representation and survival. So, has 2015 been a year to celebrate the trans community? Or has 2015 just shown us how far there is to go?

Walk in My Shoes But don't Commandeer My Struggles

Sabrina Lynch | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK
Sabrina Lynch

Rachel Dolezal, a public figure who prompted a major global debate on racial heritage, has re-emerged in the media hemisphere. Ms. Dolezal's interview...

Meet The Man Who's Been Named The Most Influential Black Briton

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK

The most influential black Briton has been named as Ken Olisa OBE, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London and founder of technology merchan...

Why Is It Difficult to Talk About Race?

Yasmin Ahmed | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Yasmin Ahmed

When it comes to race issues we have overcome some challenges in this world, but the truth is that we are not living in a colour-blind, post-racial era. Racial inequalities still exist today - in some cases, extreme ones. We live mainly in societies where race is seen as a non-issue.

The Politics Behind Black Women's Hair

Tracey Agyeman | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tracey Agyeman

did the big chop about three years ago, and I did so not because of any social trend, or to be in touch with my roots but rather because I became aware of the dangerous side effects. And I can tell you today, I do not feel anymore Ghanaian today than I did on that day because, as my girl India Arie sings beautifully, I am not my hair.

Powerful Photo Series Shows Mental Illness Doesn't Discriminate

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

One activist wants to remind the public that mental health issues are “not a white person’s disease.” Dior Vargas, a self-described Latina femi...

'Statement' Bag Makes Important Point About Diversity At New York Fashion Week

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK Style

Carrying a "statement" bag doesn't usually involve making much of a statement, but one model and artist has used her arm candy to make an important po...

#LFW4ALL: Upcoming Models Of Colour To Watch On The Catwalk

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK Style

If inclusivity will not come from the catwalk, then it's our job to bring inclusivity to the catwalk. Over the last 18 months, we've seen an impro...

Why My Son Needs Feminism

Jendella Benson | Posted 20.08.2016 | UK Parents
Jendella Benson

As someone who identifies as a black feminist, I've always had no doubt in my mind how I'd raise my daughter, should I have her, and much of this is put into practice as I interact with my many younger female relatives. But what about my son? Now that I'm 99% sure that I'm having a black boy, the thought of raising him has got me thinking.

Why Some Black American Men Are Dressing In Suits To Stay Safe

The Huffington Post UK | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK Style

A new article by website Mashable has given an insight to the true state of race affairs in America, revealing the dress code some black men are adopt...

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 04.05.2016 | 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 | 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.