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History-making music diva comes to town

A queen of a popular form of Haitian music never before showcased in Britain is coming to London for a special gig this Saturday. Phyllisia Ross, an internationally acclaimed konpa singer, will perform at the Forge venue in Camden Town for a historic ...

Windrush ship at 75: liberation not a celebration

My late Jamaican ex-Second World War veteran father Simeon George Rowe returned to Britain on the iconic former troop ship Empire Windrush that docked at Tilbury on 22 June 1948 after a 5,000-mile voyage. Passenger number 830, he went to Birmingham ...

RAF’s big farewell for Black war hero

Marc Wadsworth Military chiefs, Black Second World and other veterans, celebrities, friends and neighbours were among hundreds of mourners who joined a final farewell to one of the last “pilots of the Caribbean” at a moving Royal Airforce church ceremon ...

Why history maker Diane Abbott's career may be over

Back in the heady days of the famed Labour Party Black Sections rebellion in the 1980s, Diane Abbott was one of their most outspoken leaders. They were African Asian and Caribbean activists who caused big trouble for the Neil Kinnock Labour leadership w ...

Zoom event to mark anniversary of Black teenager Stephen Lawrence’s murder

Marc Wadsworth Thirty years ago, today, Black teenager Stephen Lawrence was murdered by racist thugs in South East London, in Britain. It became an international cause célèbre after, as founder of the Anti-Racist Alliance, I was able to introduce N ...

International 21 March event to commemorate the Sharpeville Massacre

Marc Wadsworth New research has proved that at least 80 people - many of them youths - were murdered by South Africa’s racist apartheid police 63 years ago this month in what became known as the Sharpeville Massacre. Officials at the time lied th ...

Hip-Hop at 50: What next for the music of resistance?

As the sun sets on another US Black History Month, an anniversary of global significance was quietly commemorated that deserves so much more international recognition. In 2023, hip-hop, arguably the greatest US contribution to global contemporary culture ...

"Britain's unjust law disproportionately affecting Black offenders"

Hundreds of Black prisoners remain unjustly jailed indefinitely as a result of a law which was scrapped over a decade ago. One man who had an Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) order imposed on him is now campaigning to free others who should ha ...

Charities condemn sharp rise in UK homelessness

Figures for people sleeping rough in England has risen for the first time since 2017, in what campaigners have branded a “massive, collective failure” by authorities. Some 3,069 people are estimated to have been sleeping rough on any given night last au ...

Government threat to your British citizenship

Confusion has arisen around the British government’s own understanding of its citizenship laws, following a judgment by the UK’s high court. In a ruling handed down on January 20 2023, in the case of Roehrig v Secretary of State for the Home Departmen ...

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