black community

UK WRITERS: ‘AN OPEN LETTER TO GANG MEMBERS’ BY LISA BENT

Check out fellow blogger Lisa Bent’s brilliant open letter to misguided  gang members. We live in a time when the biggest threat on the street is from someone who looks like you. This concept is so alien to me because years before, the threat would have come from the National Front, The Klu Klux Klan and many years before that, the slave master.  If you knew your history you would consider this prospect with shame. If you fully understood the many hazards of []

BLACK BRITISH DOCUMENTARY (FULL LENGTH) – WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

… ‘Where Do We Go From Here?’ will probably divide opinion for various reasons (e.g. footage of a few contributors should have ended up on the cutting room floor) but other than that I think Jaja has made an interesting and thought provoking documentary here for the younger generation. For me the first 30 minutes of the documentary brought back memories of what it was like growing up black in the 1980s/1990s in South London and what was going on culturally and []

‘MEDIA PERSONALITY’ BEN DOUGLAS GETS ANOTHER WAKE UP CALL, TALKS POLICE HARASSMENT, APOLOGISES TO BRITAIN’S BLACK COMMUNITY

In 2011 smug and delusional theatre school founder Ben Douglas appeared on the BBC Big Question show where he discussed being adopted in to a white family, described himself as an English man, poured scorn over the idea that he should also embrace his culture and said live on a radio talk show, “it’s ridiculous for me to be running around in tribal gear and trying to cook over an open fire”. Watch his appearance below on the BBC Big Question. But []

VIDEO/UK NEWS: MP FOR TOTTENHAM DAVID LAMMY SAYS FOOTBALLERS AND RAPPERS SHOULD DO MORE FOR THE COMMUNITY

MP for Tottenham David Lammy recently sat down with the Community Channel’s London 360 and had this to say … …. When it comes to David Lammy I never know what to think, he is no Bernie Grant (Rest In Peace) BUT he is talking sense here! As for rappers and footballers (in particular) giving something back financially to the community… Hahahahaha – don’t hold your breath David. Your thoughts please….

UK NEWS: MET POLICE WARN GIRLS ON HIDING GUNS

Via BBC News Young women are being warned not to hide guns for their boyfriends, brothers or male friends in a new campaign by the Metropolitan police. It is aimed at the growing number of teenage girls in London who, the Met says, are being persuaded to store weapons for male gang members. Police are primarily targeting black girls aged between 15 and 19. People caught hiding a gun for someone else can expect to receive a five-year prison sentence. The series []

UK NEWS: ENVOY ROLE FROM DAMILOLA TAYLOR’S FATHER

Via BBC News The father of Damilola Taylor – the schoolboy murdered in south London in 2000 – is to be Labour’s special envoy on youth violence and knife crime. Richard Taylor has been campaigning against the carrying of knives since his son, 10, was killed as he returned home to Peckham after a day at school. He will liaise with other families who lost relatives in similar circumstances and try to alter teenagers’ attitudes. Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Mr Taylor []