Opinion: Why Ms Dynamite should have said Thank U, No to the MBE.

MOBO and Brit award-winning musician Ms. Dynamite was at Buckingham Palace yesterday to accept her MBE. She defended her decision as honouring her Windrush generation grandparents, but with the Windrush scandal still ongoing, author Vanessa Walters asks whether now is the time for nostalgia. The decision to accept or reject an MBE is personal and… Read More

Anti-blackness in South Asian communities – how do we break the cycle?

In the first of a series exploring the issue, Dhruva Balram discusses the history and social implications of colourism in South Asia and diaspora communities,  and how this relates to anti-Blackness worldwide. Colourism, and its close relative anti-Blackness, is a pervasive scourge that underpins any notion of progress the South Asian community attempts to make.… Read More

We Are Black Journos: we do exist!

Hannah from We Are Black Journos shares photos from their launch night and discusses their mission to connect Black Journalists and create a new community. We Are Black Journos is a platform bringing together Black British journalists and broadcasters, and creating a safe networking space where we can connect and learn from each other, and… Read More

Is Drill Music Killing Teenagers In London?

The recent moral panic about the deaths of teenagers in London being blamed on Drill music has led to groups being banned from making music, and appearing in a video can lead to a listing in the Metropolitan police’s notorious gangs matrix. Angelo Irving asks where the blame really lies. At the start of the… Read More

Kevin Hart and the betrayal of black LGBTQ+ people by straight black comedians

Kevin Hart this month withdrew from hosting the 91st Academy Awards following the unearthing of past homophobic tweets and jokes. Jason Okundaye discusses the blacklash, the sense of betrayal and how for black LGBTQ+ people, it’s more than “just a joke” Content note: This article contains uncensored homophobic slurs, links to homophobic comedy videos and… Read More

Why I don’t code switch

Code switching – or the act of altering how one expresses oneself based on the audience – is a fact of life for many Black Americans, with pressure to adopt figures of speech seen as more “white” in professional and other situations. LeRon L. Barton explains why he has learned to resist the practice of… Read More

For UK company boards, good governance is diverse governance

Entrepreneur, company director and former BBC Dragons’ Den investor Piers Linney discusses the continuing unacceptable lack of diversity on the boards of UK companies and how and why they should be eager for change The UK’s boards of directors still in no way reflect the stakeholders their companies serve – whether customers, employees or suppliers. … Read More

Centrist politicians – cowardly mules of the far-right

Marcus Daniel asks – who needs Steve Bannon when you have Hillary Clinton and John Kerry? Steve Bannon’s vision of a white nationalist wave sweeping Europe is showing signs of trouble, with the realisation that his campaign techniques may not only be toxic  but also actually illegal in many of his targeted states. But who… Read More

Dear Theresa May

Joseph Guthrie delivers a scathing response to Theresa May’s open letter on the Brexit deal  Dear Theresa, You’ve done it. You’ve completed the Trump University module ‘How to ruin everyone’s lives and sell it back to them as a good thing’ and now you’re going to try to force feed this Brexit deal down every Britons’ throat, including the… Read More