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December 18, 2020

Black Lives Matter: corporate takeover of the BLM brand

Sky says: “Black Lives Matter: We see. We hear. We commit.” But does the media giant really see, hear and commit? It does not square with the politics of multi-billionaire founder and former...

Why I'm against babymothers

BLOG OF THE WEEK - Jennifer B Ok... not that I am being judgemental or anything because everyone is entitled to an opinion. So don't take what I am saying in an offensive way. I am so annoyed with how many women here in Utah (especially Utah County), A ...

Why bother to blog...

Phil SimmsPsst, hey you there  — did you hear about the bloke at number 29? The pensioner who was sent to prison for assaulting a burglar?! It's the third case of its kind round ere y'know …Journalism, whether we like it or n ...

Internet scholar-activists fight 'Black mental slavery'

Thom Blair, Online Columnist When I opened the 2007 annual report of the north London-based George Padmore Institute, my thoughts turned to Bob Marley's triumphant manifesto: "none but we can free up our mind".  In a year marked by polit ...

Brown Britain, Black Britain

As autumn segues into winter, Prime Minister Gordon Brown bristles with intent, but can he deliver a Covenant with Black Britain, asks Thom Blair. It's sophisticated and trendy in politics and the media to claim we live in  "a new country in ...

'Impoverished' Africa offers cultural gifts to the world

Thom Blair, Online ColumnistIt evokes images of poverty, ignorance and disaster. Globalisation and technology wreak heartbreak and broken economies. Yet Africa's living cultures are notable for their contributions to social knowledge say a new wave of ...

How to fake it

With the rain-drenched British summer leaving much to be desired, the only sure-fire guarantee for beautifully golden skin seems to be a long-haul trip to an Equatorial paradise. Winifred Adeyemi provides The-Latest with an alternative, fool's gu ...

In praise of soul mothers

Thom BlairAs far back as I can remember, I have been fascinated by the lives and works of Black mothers who've lost their man-child in race-hate crimes. Mamie Till-Mobley and Kadiatou Diallo (pictured left) immediately come to mind. What struck me abou ...

It's time we honoured slave revolts

Thom BlairBlack Britain has long struggled to overcome a reputation in some quarters of having no past worthy of mention. This misguided notion seems to have persisted in the media fanfare for the bicentenary end-of-slave-trade commemorations. But my Afro ...

Blair's swansong In Africa exposes press hypocrisy

Richard KeebleInteresting to see how Britain's national Fleet Street press coverage of dictators always shifts when they move from being our  'enemies' to  'friends' (or vice versa). Remember how Saddam Hussein, former Preside ...

Bush can kill me but not my ideas

FIDEL CASTRO, President of CubaSome days ago, while analysing the expenses involved in the construction of three submarines of the Astute series, I said that with this money "75,000 doctors could be trained to look after 150 million people, assuming t ...

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