Black Man on LBC Radio

Black Man on LBC Radio with Shelagh Fogarty

This black guy called LBC Radio recently to ask the nice white lady presenter, Shelagh Fogarty, why he and his “brown” daughter are considered black and not English. They were both born and raised in England, he said, but after only ten years of living here and speaking the lingo, nobody asked Eastern Europeans where they come from

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The Beyoncé Complex and Black Girls in Britain

Mathew Knowles On Beyonce's Skin Colour

So, Matthew Knowles says that his daughter, Beyoncé, would not be as famous or popular globally if she were dark-skinned. Well, tell us something we didn’t already know, Matthew. It might be useful to some to hear you finally admit it, after the aggressive marketing campaign to push your daughter onto the world as The Blonde Bombshell and All-American Showgirl, but that information can only be news to white folks or certain delusional people of colour. Beyonce is black?

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Deliverance (film classic)

Burt Reynolds in Deliverance

Deliverance (1972) is British director John Boorman’s gripping action-adventure about four suburban businessmen on a disastrous weekend’s river-canoeing trip. It ranks as one of my favourite films. I can never tire of seeing it. The horror starts in this clip

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Black woman, white children

Children from Village of the Damned

The young American white couple a few doors away from me are leaving Ghana today. So I’m told. “Too poor,” they say. “One minute, water no lights. Next minute, lights no water.” They’ve had enough. After five years of working to improve education in this country, where their two children were born, they’re packing their bags and hauling their doll-like offsprings back to the good ole US of A; Colorado, I believe.

I’m relaying this story to you,

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Race in America

Race in America is rarely far from any talk about the United States. So news from The Washington Post that Mitt Romney is performing very, very well among white voters came as no surprise. Accordingly, recent polls show him winning this group by more than any GOP presidential candidate since Reagan, the newspaper went on to assert. ‘Why do you think Romney has such a lead among whites?’ they asked. The obvious race baiting question reminded me of the

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Tommie Smith and John Carlos on Higher Ground

black power sporting salute

It remains one of the most iconic photographs in sporting history. Heads bowed, black-gloved fists raised aloft, on a sweltering hot night in Mexico City, U.S. athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos propelled themselves into the history books.

The image still resonates with quiet dignity and a palpable rage that is almost shocking to behold, especially in these politically neutered times. We live in an age of bland sporting automata, steeped in the language of PR, super-aware of their

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Stephanie Benson: Fairytale Princess

Kwame Nkrumah once said, “Far better to be free to govern or misgovern yourself than to be governed by anybody else.” This statement directed against the British colonial forces oppressing Ghana at the time has inadvertently come to represent a way of life for one Stephanie Benson, modern heiress to the ancient Queen of Ashanti

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The Swenkas (Review)

The Swenkas

This is the story of The Swenkas, a small group of working Zulu men in post-apartheid South Africa. Men who every Saturday night leave their grimy overalls behind and wear their best Carducci or Pierre Cardin suits to impress the weekly-selected judge. These men are called the Swenkas, and they have organised this fashion show for so many years that no one remembers exactly when – or even why – it all

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SAFE – a video resource for work with young men

SAFE (a video resource for mentoring young men)

With unprecedented numbers of black-on-black youth crime in Britain, and recent talks of honour killings among British Asians, I recently rediscovered SAFE, a video drama written for West Midlands Regional Health Authority as a resource for teachers, social workers and youth workers.

“SAFE is accessible, relevant and essential for everyone working with young black men.” – Neil Davidson, Trainer and Consultant. Author of Boys will be…

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