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At the beginning of the week when I spoke to Claire, she was excited.  She had just been interviewed for her dream job. The interviewer was fully engaged with her, her experience and what she had to offer the organisation. When would you be able to start he asked? We’ll get back to you in a couple of days he … Read More

In a Messy and Ambiguous World

A couple of years back, I posted on a subject of interest on Twitter. With the limit of 140 characters available on Twitter at the time, I used he to refer universally to makes and females alike. At this point in time, I had a feed for my tweets to appear on Facebook, as such my message appeared on Facebook. … Read More

Young, Gifted & Black

On Tuesday, 23 year old classical pianist,  Istata Kanneh-Mason played at my favourite Milton Keynes music venue, The Stables.  The Stables offers live music for all tastes with local, national and even internationally acclaimed artistes.  Isata is a Postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music on a Gwendolyn Reiche Memorial Scholarship.  Prior to this, she held a prestigious Elton John … Read More

Privilege

Melissa who describes herself as just an ordinary girl, used to work in Buckingham Palace.  As a result, she is privileged to have met the Queen face to face. She has even had the odd conversation with the Queen. I understand that not everyone is interested in meeting the Queen. However, the truth is that the average man on the … Read More

Invisible

I’m very much looking forward to watching Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s new film, Farming. It has a very interesting storyline about a young boy with Nigerian parents who was Private Fostered by a White British Family. Dating back to the 1970s, it speaks to his struggles to belong in a very white community.  With the challenges that arose within him regarding his … Read More

Mixed Heritage Britain

Mixed Heritage Britain is one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in Britain – some would say the group represents the future face of the country. I say Mixed Heritage, in some parts of the world, people say half caste, making the connection to the caste system and people having parents from two different castes.  A number of years back, … Read More

Colours of Black History

Sally and Wayne are siblings.  When Sally was ten, she observed as her parents prepared to send her eleven year old brother to Boarding School. It felt as if there was a lot of fuss over Wendy as her parents shopped in preparation for school and friends and family asked him if he was excited about the prospect of going … Read More

On Stereotypes & Realities

As Brenda was walking home one dark evening, she noticed someone in a hoodie walking behind her. Feeling uncomfortable, she crossed over to the other side of the road.  The hooded figure also crossed the road. She began to walk faster; the hooded figure did the same. Looking around, she became rather alarmed as she realised that there was no … Read More

Cheddar Man

How far back does Black British History go? We know that it goes back way further then Windrush, the Great World Wars and even in Tudor or Victorian times Going back further, it becomes blurry, though some would say there has always been a black presence in Britain even if not in large numbers. I don’t know if you’ve heard … Read More

Colourism

When Barack Obama was running for president of the US for the first time, then Senator Harry Reid is said to have said that “he believes that the country is ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama — a ‘light-skinned’ African American ‘with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” Harry Reid got … Read More