Black Voices

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 20.08.2015 | 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 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 | 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' | 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...