A Joyful Sound!

It’s Sunday and therefore a perfect time to talk about Gospel Music i.e. Black Gospel Music. You may have been to a Church where black gospel music is played on a weekly basis, listened to it on the radio, gone to a show or watched the gospel choir competition on television. If not, you will have at least had a … Read More

Cultural Appropriation

New Orleans is probably best described as my favourite place. I love the food, the music, the culture and the people. I visit New Orleans practically every year.  Recently, I’ve started returning home with a bag full of Cajun and Creole spices. If you come to my house, I’ll probably cook gumbo for you – once of my favourite New … Read More

Cheeky Little Monkeys

My friend, let’s call her Alison, was shocked when she picked her four-year-old son up from nursery and heard a teacher call him a cheeky little monkey with a smile on her face as she said. She is normally quite vocal with her opinions, however, on this occasion, she was stunned into silence by what she saw as a blatantly … Read More

Mental Health & Blackness

Today is World Mental Health Day. I believe it’s fair to say that it affects us all – directly through direct personal experience or the experience of those close to us or that work with us in one form or the other. Working on the people side of organisations has long provided me with a degree of awareness of issues … Read More

Forerunning on the Catwalk

If you’ve seen the October edition of Vogue, You’ll notice on the cover a black model and actress named Jourdan Dunn who is English of Jamaican, Grenadian and Syrian ancestry. If you open it up, you’ll find models of colour throughout the publication. It could be argued that this is at least in part because the editor, Edward Enninful is … Read More

Black Presence in Football

There are conflicting views of the origin of football, according to the Football Federation, “what is incontestable is how football has flourished over a thousand years in diverse rudimentary forms in the very region which we describe as its home, Britain”  Records of black players in Britain date back to the presence of Andrew Watson in Scotland from 1876 and … Read More

Black Gold

Did you follow the Athletics over the past week i.e. The World Championships? It was in no way our best result in terms of medals, however we did win two gold medals – won by two different women of colour; Dina Asher-Smith, a History graduate from South London who parents are Jamaican who won a Gold Medal for the Women’s … Read More

On Political Representation

In 1975, Lord David Pitt was granted a life peerage making him the first person of colour in Parliament. It was not then until 1987, that Diana Abbott became the first black woman to be elected as a Member of Parliament (MP), representing Hackney North & Stoke Newington in London.  Three other MPs of colour; Keith Vaz, Bernie Grant and … Read More

A Royal & Mosaic Wedding

Harry and Megan’s wedding was a true representation of our diversity formed into a Mosaic. It wasn’t just beautiful clothing, the ceremony, the guest or joy of new love formed into a hopefully everlasting union.  This is common to most Royal weddings that most of us are drawn into observing regardless of our views on the royal family. There was … Read More

Beyond Immediate Appearances… How Black Are You?

Have you heard of Anthony Ekundayo Lennon? He’s a man with white parents who has long seen himself as black. On the one hand, people would come up to him and ask him questions about his origin, assuming he was black or mixed heritage, only to discover that both of his parents are white. On the other hand, he was … Read More