When Will Black Lives Actually Start To Matter?

Tasha Okeke | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Tasha Okeke

I've sat and struggled for the last few days on how to write this piece. On my blog here, I like to highlight social issues that I feel need to be spoken about in society. And this one is no different, apart from the fact for the first time I don't know where to start...

I'm On It - Are You?

Ronke Oke | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ronke Oke

The low number of black and mixed race people signed to the UK stem cell register is sadly a reoccurring pattern. For example, the number of black or mixed race individuals who are active blood donors across England and North Wales is less than 1%.

#CSuiteSoWhite: Lack of diversity at the top prompts launch of UPstanding Executive Power List

Suki Sandhu | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK
Suki Sandhu

It may only be March but the issue of diversity, specifically ethnic diversity, has been one of the most widely covered topics of 2016. From University admissions to the Oscars, there is an unsettling sense of regression in the number of visibly successful BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic-including Hispanic and Middle Eastern) people in both the UK and America.

'Wonderful Life' Singer Black Dies Following Car Crash

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Entertainment

The singer known as Black has died, following a road traffic accident two weeks ago. Colin Vearncombe, whose biggest hit was 'Wonderful Life' in 1...

We Need More Black Media Representation

Anthony Lorenzo | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK
Anthony Lorenzo

It is important that the media reflects the diversity of the country. We aren't just complaining because we want jobs. We aren't just angry at being ignored. The point of media is to bridge the gap between 'happenings' and societal understand of those 'happenings'. That requires a breadth of opinion and experience that we simply can't get by being racially homogeneous at the top.

The Black Wonder: Roll Neck Sweater

Sadie Brown | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Style
Sadie Brown

Roll neck, polo neck, turtle neck sweater - call it what you will, this classic sleek staple isn't going anywhere. Understated but bold, a black roll neck (my choice of name) is a winter style go to for any body shape.

Ashamed to be Black at NUS Black Students' Conference

Maz Hussien | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Maz Hussien

I would often hear stories from people that have attended events like this in the past - but experiencing it first-hand made it clearer to me more than ever that the 'black students' movement' is broken. It does not stand for equality and it certainly does not stand for the greater good. It is a drastically misinformed and hypocritical movement, stuck in the past and fuelled with unnecessary anger.

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.

Author Alex Wheatle's New Novel Can Inspire Young Black Males Away from Gang Violence

Claudia Tomlinson | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Politics
Claudia Tomlinson

In this general election year, politicians are in listening mode, so what message would Wheatle wish to transmit to them? Inequalities and confused messages about literacy would be at the top of the list.

What's Your Definition of Success?

Jenny Garrett | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny Garrett

I recently delivered a talk on the rise of female entrepreneurship. How women were supporting women to achieve, even though it may difficult to gain funding and they may be juggling caring responsibilities alongside their work.

Blue Ivy has Black Hair: Topic of Change.org Petition

Sacha Wise | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sacha Wise

As a woman who understands the importance of hair care. It's disturbing to watch a child suffering from the lack of hair moisture. The parents of Blue Ivy. Sean Carter A.K.A Jay-Z and Beyoncé has failed at numerous attempts of doing Blue Ivy Hair. This matter has escalated to the child developing matted dreads and lint balls. Please let's get the word out to properly care for Blue Ivy hair.

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.

Self-Censorship and Polite Avoidance: What the Trayvon Martin Case Teaches Me About Myself

Naana Orleans-Amissah | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK Politics
Naana Orleans-Amissah

I'm surprised by the force with which I feel the impact of the Trayvon Martin verdict. Not just as a mother, as I try and imagine what it must be like, to walk out of a courtroom where a half dozen of your fellow citizens have decided that the fatal shooting of your unarmed seveteen year old is not a crime.

Parlez-Vous Fashion: In Which Navy Trumps Black

Eleanor Doughty | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK Style
Eleanor Doughty

Navy is the new black. Sorry to all those so long, so black soul sisters, but I'm switching it up. I am in favour of the tender shade, the chic, elegant colour that Jil Sander may as well be ambassador for.

Clegg Admits Lib Dems Aren't Diverse Enough

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.04.2013 | UK Politics

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has admitted his party is not diverse enough and says there needs to be more Lib Dem role models for disabled peopl...

The Rise of the Muslim Fashion Industry

Romanna Bint-Abubaker | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Style
Romanna Bint-Abubaker

We are also seeing a new generation of highly-talented designers such as Elie Saab, Robert Abi Nader Abed Mahfouz, Walid Attalah, Essa from the UAE and others who continue to impress the international fashion world with their fusion of modern and Muslim-inspired elements into their ensembles.

What is Thatcher's Legacy to Black and Ethnic Minority People in the UK?

Claudia Tomlinson | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Politics
Claudia Tomlinson

Thatcher's stance in 1978 was to condone, and empathise with public fears around black immigration, warning that people would feel 'swamped', the British character would be lost, and that the white British public would be hostile to those coming in from the Commonwealth and Pakistan.

Why 'Race' Is Fiction

Bonnie Greer | Posted 21.06.2013 | UK Politics
Bonnie Greer

We know this: that all art is the product of the modern human brain with its beginnings, over 100,000 years ago, in Africa. There, our species Homo sapiens sapiens evolved before spreading out around the globe to become the most successful animal ever. Those who migrated to the icy lands of Europe encountered Neanderthal people who, having evolved there over such a long period, had probably developed fair skin. The dark skinned, fully modern migrants who interbred with them produced the first figurative art in Europe. They themselves, in turn, gradually became fairer as they adapted to life at higher latitudes. Those are the facts. This is fiction: 'Race'.

The Inauguration of a Black President

Professor Ian Robertson | Posted 22.03.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Ian Robertson

The existence of an African-American president beginning a second term should surely contribute to the decline in racial essentialism. And a first female president, whenever she finally arrives, will no doubt do the same for gender essentialism.

Zwarte Piet: Debate Rages Over 'Racist' Dutch Tradition

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK

Debate over whether a traditional Dutch Christmas character is a harmless festive figure or an oppressive racist incarnation has been reignited in the...

If I'm a 'Sell-out' for Supporting Team GB as a Black Person - Give Me a Price Tag!

Funmi Olutoye | Posted 10.10.2012 | UK Sport
Funmi Olutoye

Team GB are doing so well. In fact the best they have ever done. I'm their biggest fan who's just about got their voice back from all the screaming I've been doing since the Olympics started.

Ladies In Black: Amber Heard, Emma Roberts And Chloe Moretz Go To The Opera

MyDaily | Posted 26.05.2012 | UK Style

Chloe Moretz, Amber Heard and Emma Roberts matched their outfits with the black carpet as they stepped out for the Manon premiere at the Metropolitan....

Lako Bukia | London Fashion Week A/W 2012 Catwalk Show Review

Akeela Bhattay | Posted 12.05.2012 | UK Style
Akeela Bhattay

Ever since I first discovered Lako Bukia's collection on the catwalk, two seasons ago, I have been a keen follower of her work and have tremendously enjoyed the presentations of her distinct designs. So, I was very eager to see the unveiling of her Autumn/Winter 2012 collection at London Fashion Week.

Is the Big Society Failing the UK Voluntary Sector?

Samuel Kasumu | Posted 05.05.2012 | UK Politics
Samuel Kasumu

The prime minister's Big Society was supposed to be the key initiative that would bring together every policy area within the Conservative Manifesto. It was an underpinning philosophy that could be used to rebuild communities, allow for the reshaping of various public services, and above all demonstrate that the Tories were able to be compassionate.

Did a Black Director Just Win an Oscar and No-One Else Noticed?

Adam Benzine | Posted 18.02.2013 | UK Entertainment
Adam Benzine

Issues of race dominated the Oscars this year, with talk rife over Billy Crystal's controversial black-face sketch, Octavia Spencer's emotion acceptance speech, and Viola Davis' unexpected defeat at the hands of Meryl Streep.