Darcus Howe: His wordplay was swordplay

This weekend we lost journalist, activist and thinker Darcus Howe. In Darcus’ long career, he meant many different things to many different people. To pay homage to an undeniable trailblazer in the fight against racism and colonialism, here are seven different views on the man. Kiri Kankhwende It’s hard to sum up Howe’s immense contribution… Read More

Fan or not Baroness Warsi’s resignation is no cause for celebration if you value diversity in public life

by David Wood Politics is a tribal business. It is a strange world where you can virulently disagree with somebody in private, but because they are ‘one of us’, to coin one of Margaret Thatcher’s favourite expressions, you would not be able to get a fag-paper’s worth of difference in opinion when expressed publicly. This… Read More

The Butler serves up a chronicle of the Civil Rights movement

by Maurice Mcleod I sat down to watch Lee Daniel’s The Butler, unsure about what sort of film I was about to see. The film tells the story of Cecile Gaines, a black butler who served under seven presidents at the White House while the battle for Civil Rights engulfed the US. I feared I was… Read More

Inter-minority prejudice in the UK and East Africa

by Samira Sawlani In my family we were told you “never marry a BMW, that’s Black, Muslim or White”, these are the words of UK born Hindu, 25 year old Daksha Parekh. Is this racism or simply an innocent foundation upon which certain communities are built? According to Daksha, the opinions of her family and a… Read More

Token Black Faces in High Places…

…is No Cause for Celebration by Lee Pinkerton Unlike most in the Black community I did not view the peerage of Doreen Lawrence as a cause for celebration. Many of us see the acceptance of Black individuals into the exclusive clubs of the ruling white elite as a sign that we as a race are… Read More